lent 2021

LENT 2021

For centuries Lent has been used by Christian people as a time of renewal of devotion to Jesus Christ. The 40 day period follows Jesus’ time of fasting and prayer spent in the wilderness, preparing for the next stage of His ministry. We too are encouraged to practice the ‘spiritual disciplines’ of prayer, reflecting on the bible, solitude, and fasting (going without food or some other ‘comfort’ for a short time).

There are several ways to help you keep Lent this year.

1 Bible Study Course “Nehemiah” - a story for our time For the next 3 Tuesdays (beginning on 23 Feb) we’re going to be taking a look at the inspirational life and work of Nehemiah led by Lindsay Glazebrook. If you thought this was a dry, dusty old story hidden within the more obscure pages of the Old Testament then please come along. This series is for you! His energy, passion, integrity and love for God and His people in a very challenging time are just what we need to emulate in our own challenging times. Look forward to seeing you! 

Each session begins live on zoom at 7.30pm (and will end by 9pm) so that we can also have discussions in smaller groups. The main talks and questions for discussion will also be recorded and put onto the YouTube channel the following day, so that you can take part at any time. (There is also a Study guide to accompany the course – the ‘Cover to Cover’ book on Nehemiah by Selwyn Hughes ISBN 9781853453359 though there’s no need to buy one.)

2 #Live Lent: God’s Story, Our Story. Daily reflections For each of the 40 days of Lent, there is a short Bible passage, a reflection and a prayer. The daily reflections follow weekly themes - each with an accompanying action - drawn from the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2021, Living His Story: Sharing the extraordinary love of God in ordinary ways by Hannah Steele (SPCK).” • You can sign up free now for daily email reflections: tinyurl.com/1mox7d5x • Or there is also an App that should be available soon • And the reflections are also be available on the ‘Daily Hope’ phone line 0800 804 8044 – select option number 3!

3 Lent Course Part 2 “These are our Stories – Lent in a Pandemic Year” This Diocesan course encourages us to share our stories about how the pandemic has affected us, our faith and our understanding of God and helps us discern what He wants for us next. Since the Nehemiah series takes us half way through Lent, we are working on adapting the Diocesan Lent Course material to use for two or three of the remaining weeks leading up to Easter.

 

Links to talks

Rebuilding the Walls with Nehemiah part 1

Rebuilding the Walls Part 2