Ideas for using Lent
as a time transformation for ourselves
and for our world.
We don’t need a particular time in the church calendar to change or to begin to take our faith more seriously. But the six weeks of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday (26th February) do provide a helpful opportunity to reflect on our spiritual lives as we prepare for Easter and in Epperly’s words discover or rediscover that ‘awakening to beauty and love, of seizing the moment’.
Here are a few suggestions:-
Start Lent by coming to our Ash Wednesday service on 26th February at 8pm.
A quiet service of reflection with the opportunity to receive the ashes on our foreheads.
For those who like to read
Chose a book of Lent Readings such as:-
Saying Yes to life by Ruth Valeria (Archbishop’s Lent Book 2020)
Reflections for Lent 2020 by Steven Croft, Christopher Herbert, John Pritchard, and others
Journeying through Lent with New Daylight: Daily Bible readings and group study material by Sally Welch
You Are Mine: Daily Bible readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day (The BRF Lent Book) by David Walker
Walking the Way of the Cross: Prayers and reflections on the biblical Stations of the Cross by Stephen Cottrell, Paula Gooder and Philip North
Where the Lost Things Go: A Lent course based on “Mary Poppins Returns” by Lucy Berry
Or choose a book from our library at the back of church.
These take place on Sunday evenings during Lent at 6.30pm. This year the theme is ‘ Let justice roll like water: faith, justice and reconciliation’, reflections on the fourth Mark of Mission.
1 March Revd Tim Clapton
Prison, a path to restoration and reconciliation?
(at Christ Church)
8 March Revd Lesley Bilinda
‘Making music with what Remains: a journey to reconciliation (at All Saints)
15 March Revd Dr Mike Long
Grenfell: Truth, Justice & Healing (at St Mary’s)
22 March Liz Bridge
‘Serving time in HMP Wandsworth – reflections of a prison visitor’ (at All Saints)
29 March Ben Lindsay
Justice, knife crime and the church (at Christ Church)
All lectures start at 6.30pm
A daily email
Sign up here for a daily email from the Church of England based on #Live Lent focusing on our care for the environment.
For Smart Phone Users
An App for daily prayer and reflection from the Church of England based on #LiveLent: Care for Creation, can be found here for iPhone users and here for Android phones. Or download from your usual App store.
A low tech arty Lent
If that’s all a bit high tec, pick up one of the ‘Lent Calendars’ at the back of church.
How does it work?
Each day write a word or a name on the calendar template and draw or doodle around it. As you draw, focus on the name or word you have written. If words come to you, pray them. If not, just enjoy the
stillness. Each day will be different and as you go through Lent you will accumulate words or names in a visual tapestry.
How to find your word:
1) Use a daily book of Lenten meditations or your Bible reading notes. Read the reading or mediation for the day and select a word that jumps out at you.
2) Choose one of Sunday’s readings. Read a verse or two from it and write down a word which strikes you.
3) Pray for a person or a country and write down the name.
4) Read the same weekly set Psalm each day and choose a daily word.
5) Just draw. If words come to you in your silence, write them in the space.
A daytime course
Our recent parish Pilgrim Course on the Creedswas appreciated by those who participated. Revd David Guest is offering a 4 week version of the course for members of the Wednesday Holy Communion congregation at Christ Church and others who would like to join them during Lent.
Giving During Lent
As usual, the Parish is supporting the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Appeal. See the display in church for details of the projects being supported this year.
Why not try giving up chocolate, alcohol or some other luxury during Lent and give the money you save to support these important projects?
Eat a simple lunch with the proceeds going the Bishop’s Lent Appeal. See Notice Sheet for details of these.