Lent at St Thomas's

Coming Alive in Lent

Unfortunately, all of the remaining Lent activities at St Thomas's have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read the Rector's letter about this.

The period of Lent lasts for 40 days (not including Sundays). It is a time when Christians reflect and prepare for the celebrations of Easter. Some people fast, eat frugally or give up treats following the example of Jesus, who fasted for 40 days in the wilderness.

People also give to charity, set aside time to study the bible and meet with other Christians to reflect on Jesus' life and prepare for the events of Easter.

As a part replacement for the cancelled Lent programme, we have recorded some of the Lent lunch talks that would have been given at St Thomas's. The theme of the talks is 'Our Varied Callings'.

John Coupe speaks of his work for the Samaritans and how it relates to his upbringing, his studies at university and his career as a nurse at Salisbury District Hospital. Click here to listen to his talk (19 minutes).


Selina Deacon reveals the signposts that she encountered during her life that led her through many difficult stages to her present position as a member of the clergy team at St Thomas's. Jesus's words, "Do not worry" helped her through many of these, as they may help us in this period of Lent, one that has been turned upside down by events. Click here to listen to her talk (16 minutes).