What’s Lent about?
Lent may originally have followed Epiphany, just as Jesus’ sojourn in the wilderness followed immediately on from his baptism, but it soon became firmly attached to Easter. It became the principal occasion for baptism and for the reconciliation of those who had been excluded from the Church’s fellowship for whatever reason. This history explains the characteristic notes of Lent – self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter.
During this time, as the candidates for baptism were instructed in Christian faith, and as penitents prepared themselves, through fasting and penance, to be readmitted to communion, the whole Christian community was invited to join them in the process of study and repentance, the extension of which over forty days would remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested.
Following on from this tradition, this year we’ll be following another part of the Pilgrim Course of the Church of England and in particular will be looking at the Beatitudes. The sessions are as follows:
Tues: Mar 12th - 13:00-15:00 Paul & Sue - Called to serve
Tues: Mar 19th - 13:00-1500 Paul & Sue - Hard Times
Tue: Mar 26th - 13:00-15:00 Paul & Sue - Crying out to God
Tue: Apr 02nd - 13:00-15:00 Paul & Sue - A Fresh Start
Tue: Apr 09th - 13:00-15:00 Paul & Sue - True Repentance
(Paul and Sue Bussey’s house is Fowley Barn , Lower Crowle, Crowle, WR7 4AH.)
Each session will start with a simple shared meal of soup and bread and will then have some opening prayers before we reflect on some scripture. This year we are asking that everyone will contribute £1 for each lunch which we will then send out to a "mutually chosen" homeless charity at the end of the sessions. There's no need to do any preperation just bring yourself and your friends. If you are not able to join the course but would like to join in, then let us know as we should be able to provide you with a course booklet.
If you can’t make the discussion group or would prefer something more reflective, there will also be Prayer Group meetings taking place in Hanbury Church. These will last for about an hour and will give the opportunity to be still before God or offer prayers as you feel moved. These will take place as below:
Wed 13th Mar - 11:00-12:00 @ Hanbury Church
Wed 20th Mar - 11:00-12:00 @ Hanbury Church
Wed 27th Mar - 11:00-12:00 @ Hanbury Church
Wed 3rd Apr - 11:00-12:00 @ Hanbury Church
Wed 10th Apr - 11:00-12:00 @ Hanbury Church
If you would like any more details about either of the above then please contact either:
Rev’d David Morris on 01905 345169, 07891 837194 or email at email@example.com – or Rev'd Rita Holden on 01905 772787 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is most welcome.