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Companions on the Way: A retreat in preparation for Lent


Saturday 10 February, 10am - 1pm GMT 

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‘Jesus was in the wilderness forty days, tested by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts, and the angels waited on him.’ Mark 1.13

Lent is demanding. It strips us back, asks us to set aside the amusements that distract us and the comforts that cushion us in order that we may be more truly known. But it never asks us to be alone.

Whether disturbing, strange or assuring, there will be company on our journey through Lent. Our speakers reflect on who they would choose as a spiritual companion for the season and reveal that even the most unexpected or unwelcome companion can draw us nearer to God.

A Lent retreat offering worship and reflection. Speakers include Jay Hulme, Rachel Mann, Rob Marshall and Nick Papadopulos. Opening worship with Richard Carter and the St Martin’s Voices. In association with Canterbury Press.



10.00  Welcome and introduction - Christine Smith

10.05  Opening worship – Richard Carter and the St Martin’s Voices

10.30 With a friend like this, who needs…? - Nick Papadopulos introduces an unruly companion for your infernal Lenten journey

11.00  Hiking with St Peter - Rob Marshall takes us up the Mountain of Transfiguration

11.30  Break

11.45  A relenting heart – Lent with Jane Austen  - Rachel Mann

12.15  Finding a way in the wilderness - Jay Hulme goes in search of some saintly companions for the season

12.45  Closing worship – Richard Carter and the St Martin’s Voices

13.00 Close



Jay Hulme is an award-winning performance poet the author of the bestselling collections, The Backwater Sermons and The Vanishing Song.


Rachel Mann is a priest, poet, theologian, novelist and broadcaster. The author of numerous books, her latest work is A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Forty Days with Jane Austen. Rachel is the Archdeacon of Salford and Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester.


Rob Marshall is a familiar voice from BBC radio’s Thought for the Day which he has presented regularly for almost thirty years. He is a priest and honorary canon in the Diocese of St Albans and author of Transfiguration: 50 Pilgrim Steps


Nick Papadopulos is the Dean of Salisbury. He is the author of The Infernal Word: Notes from a Rebel Angel, described as ‘Deceptively simple; profoundly insightful; immensely entertaining’ by Archbishop Justin Welby.


Richard Carter is a priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields and founder of its contemplative Nazareth Community. He is author of In Search of the Lost, The City is My Monastery and most recently, Letters From Nazareth


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