The Church observes Lent as a preparation for Passiontide and Easter and as a time of more focussed growth in Christ-likeness, holiness and maturity. By self-denial and the spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting, study and worship, in a more concentrated way over six and a half weeks, we seek to train our souls and partner with God in his gracious work in our lives.
This week it is Ash Wednesday on the 17th. There will be a service in church with ashing at 8pm. Fr Ken has come up with a brilliant idea of how we can do ashing in a covid-secure way.
Although we won’t be able to meet in person for a Lent Group this year I want to invite you to take part in the Church of England’s #LiveLent Course. It is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele, published by SPCK.
You can order the accompanying booklet here. I have ordered ten copies and they are available to the first ten people who ask me for one.
It is also available as an app where the daily reflections arrive on your phone.
If you prefer something more old skool then you can call the Daily Hope phoneline 0800 804 8044
I have also set up a Zoom meeting for group discussion and it
is on Thursday evenings at 8pm from 18th February to the 25th
18th February: Our own stories of faith.
25th February: How Jesus shows love in the gospels.
4th March: How God changes us.
11th March: Communicating like Jesus
18th March: Sharing our faith with others
25th March: Listening to the culture.
Join Zoom Meeting using this link or type in the Meeting ID: 790 8024 6712 and Passcode: E0MvTf