What is Lent?

Lent is treated as a period of reflection and a time for fasting from food and festivities. Christmas has been and gone, and naturally we are looking forward to the next bank holiday weekend. Easter can fall anytime between March 22 and April 25 with the date is dependent on the lunar calendar. It must fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, with Easter 2019 falling on Sunday, April 21. Before Easter, Christians observe a period of Lent. This is treated as a period of reflection and a time for fasting from food and festivities. It symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus' crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the Judaean Desert being tempted by Satan.

For Western churches Lent begins every year on Ash Wednesday, the day after Shrove Tuesday - otherwise known as Pancake Day. This year it will begin on Wednesday, March 6.

Lent lasts 46 days, but Sundays are not included in the overall count. That means it is observed for 40 days in the run-up to Easter, and is often a time when instead of fasting people will give up certain food and drink. The six Sundays are not counted because each one is seen as a "mini-Easter" celebrating Jesus' victory over sin and death.

Ash Wednesday is considered a day to cleanse the soul before Lent begins. Some Christians use ashes to mark a cross on their foreheads to symbolise repentance for sin. Palm crosses from the last Palm Sunday are burned and the ash is used to mark parishioners with a cross on their foreheads to symbolise repentance for sin.


Following his Installation and Licencing on 11th October 2018, Reverend Mark Ackford started taking services within the Team from the 1st week in November 2018. He will take the Communion Service in Holy Trinity, Lane End on the 1st and 4th Sundays of each month.

All Sunday services including the services on the 3rd and 5th start at 9:15am – this will enable him to spend more time meeting the congregation before he has to go to Cadmore End.

Jump4Joy will remain at 10:00am on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

5th Sundays usually occur 4 times a year, and Rev’d Mark intends to hold one service in each of the 4 churches in the Team during the year.

Mark's day off is Monday.


On the 2nd Sunday of the month, beginning Sunday 8th July 2018 we are offering a service for children and young families. This comes as a response to a request by a family in Lane End who have been to Holy Trinity in the past and have asked for a service along the lines of our Messy Church events. 

The PCC and many others are delighted that we have been asked to do this so Jo Law, Graham Cartwright, Sheila and Judy have put their heads and technology together to hopefully produce a service which will attract and appeal to both those who are familiar with Holy Trinity and new families too.  The service will begin at 10.00 am and will last around 30-40 minutes.  It will be a different style of worship and will naturally focus more on the children.  We are hoping it will be fun and at the same time bring bible stories, and the love of God to all, especially to those who may be new to the Christian faith.


Rev’d Peter Wainwright has composed a Vacancy Prayer (printed below). Please use this prayer as often as you can.

Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth, we pray to you, the head of your body, the church. You desire that your people should grow in spiritual maturity and that they should be effective in outreach to the communities in which you have put them.

As the four churches in the South Chilterns group of churches look to work together as a Team Ministry and appoint two new clergy, led by a Team Rector, we pray that you would bind us all together in mutual love and respect.   May your Holy Spirit guide those involved in the selection process.   Help them to both recognise and appoint those you have chosen for this role out of those who apply.

We further pray that both we and those newly appointed may be able to work well as a team.   We pray this for the honour of your name and the extension of your kingdom. Amen


Holy Trinity Church is the parish church of Lane End serving a mixed village of about 4,000 people. The incumbent is also vicar of the nearby smaller village of Cadmore End. Worship is fairly formal (moderately catholic, using Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer). We have an enthusiastic choir and a small group of altar servers. Our church services are informal once a month when baptism is administered.

We used to share our building with the local Methodist congregation (see Sharing Agreement and NEWS below). We have occasional united services. Visitors comment that we are a warm, friendly and welcoming church. Most members of the congregation are actively involved in many village activities and like to see their church fully integrated into the life of the community.

Our church is one of twenty-seven churches in the Deanery of Wycombe within the Diocese of Oxford (see www.wycombedeanery.com)  which in turn is part of the Church of England in the Province of Canterbury in the United Kingdom - our Mother Church is Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.


11 October 2018 - Rev'd Mark Ackford. Installation and Licencing as Team Rector of Rev'd Mark Ackford.

20 October 2017 - Rev'd Harold Webb, Vicar of Lane End between 1971 and 1984 died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family

20 June 2017 - NEIL MAY Congratulations to Neil May who has been awarded the MBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for services to sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings and communities.

7 June 2017 - LANE END METHODIST CHURCH agreed to cease to be an independent Church Society and the members be constituted as a Class and be attached to another church within the Circuit.  This means they will move their regular services from Holy Trinity to another church.  We will be very sad to see them go.

13 October 2016 - A small group of us attended the welcome service for the Right Rev'd Dr. Steven Croft, new Bishop of Oxford, in All Saints' Church High Wycombe. This was very well attended and an excellent way to welcome our new bishop.


Our Vision: To worship God the Holy Trinity, and within His grace to love our neighbours; extending love to all.