Dust and Glory

River Were Churches – Lent 2023

Church of England parishes serving in and around Warminster

Every Lent we hold a series of simple lunches which are a way of coming together and also raising money for our selected charities.

Dust and Glory – The Church of England Lent Campaign

This Lent we are all invited by our Archbishops to explore how we can live well with the mess of everyday life.

‘Dust and Glory’ encourages us to take a fresh look at the frustrations and failings that every day brings and, rather than pretending we can always avoid them, seek to learn from them and grow closer to God through them.’

Archbishops of Canterbury and York

The Archbishops’ Lent Book and Course

Dust and Glory: A Lent journey of faith, failure and forgiveness 

is the Church of England’s Lent theme for 2023. This year’s resources are informed and inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2023 Lent Book, Failure: What Jesus said about sin, mistakes and messing stuff up (SPCK) by Bishop Emma Ineson, who has also co-written the daily reflections booklet for adults (Church House Publishing).  These booklets will be available in our Churches by Ash Wednesday.

Online support for those wishing to study the Lent book is now available as part of this year’s Big Lent Read – including weekly videos and suggested discussion questions – via the Big Church Read website. 


Daily reflections – booklets, app, audio

As in recent years, the weekly themes of the Archbishop’s Lent Book are also explored in daily reflections from the Church of England.  Please collect your copy of the booklet from Church.  This offers a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and a practical challenge, as well as a prayer linked to the week’s theme. Co-written by Bishop Emma Ineson and Abbie Martin, the booklet is designed to be used either in parallel with the Lent Book or independently.

Dust and Glory 40 Daily Reflections’ will be available in all of our churches by Ash Wednesday