Lent starts on Ash Wednesday (6 March), and that’s coming up fast, so many Christians will be thinking about what they might give up for Lent. It’s a practice that many find helpful. As Archbishop Welby puts it: “For many centuries, denying ourselves certain pleasures or habits has been a way that Christians have made space in their hearts for God as we journey towards Easter.”

We have three suggestions to follow up for Lent. The first is ++Justin’s suggestion: “As well as stopping something, how about starting something?” He suggests committing to prayer, or finding an act of kindness to do each day, as ways to start to see where we need to change our hearts and minds – more in his blog.

Our second suggestion is something that may appeal especially to those with mobile devices, which is the Church of England’s “LentPilgrim”, a discipleship journey with 40 daily reflections on The Beatitudes. Printed resources are available, but the online version offers you each day the chance to listen to and read a theme linked to the beatitude, a short Bible reading that explores the theme, a short reflection, a suggestion of how to pray, and a prompt to act.

Our third suggestion is potentially even more interactive, though non-techology routes are also available. This is #slavefreelent, an interactive 40-day fight against the slavery hidden in our supply chains, which is part of International Justice Mission’s “Make #SlaveFree Normal” campaign. IJM tell us that 25 million people are in forced labour slavery today, many making products that we consume every single day—products like coffee, chocolate and makeup, and #slavefreelent asks us to:

  • give up a product that often has slavery in its supply chain for the 40 days of Lent;
  • donate the money we would have spent on the product we are giving up, to help IJM stop slavery at source;
  • join IJM’s WhatsApp updates for tips on #slavefree living, facts about the issue, challenges and encouragements straight to your phone.

40 million slaves. 40 days. Could you go #slavefree this Lent?

Coming up …
  • 18 October 2019
    9:30 am Triangle Coffee Shop
  • 18 October 2019
    7:00 pm Choir practice
  • 20 October 2019
    9:30 am Sung Eucharist
  • 20 October 2019
    11:00 am Morning Worship
  • 20 October 2019
    1:30 pm Diocesan Gathering 2019

More details at this link

 

Follow us on Facebook

facebook

 

Regular services

Sundays
(except 4th)

0930 Sung Eucharist

(occasionally we start at 0915 – see What’s on for details)

1100 Methodist Worship

4th Sundays:
Worship together

1030 “Messy Church” during term-time
1100 Joint Communion

“Sunday@Six”

1800 

Mostly on 1st Sundays, but not every month, and occasionally on a Saturday – see What’s on for details