Lent & Easter 2021
Church open for prayer
Lent is the period of
time in the church calendar which allows us space to prepare our hearts and
minds for the celebration of Christ’s glorious resurrection from the dead on
Each Wednesday throughout Lent the church will be open from 11am until 12.30 for private prayer and meditation, starting on 17th February. There will be a display to focus your thoughts.
In line with recommendations please do wear a face mask, keep a social distance and gel your hands on entering and leaving. Thank you.
Readings for Lent
Here are some suggestions for readings during the Lent period:
- STILL STANDING by Rachel Mann which is a Lent course based on Elton John’s film Rocketman
- ROOTED IN LOVE by Sarah Mullally. These are reflections on life in Christ.
- AT HOME IN LENT by Gordon Giles who explores Lent through 46 objects.
- LIVING HIS STORY by Hannah Steele which reveals the extraordinary love of God in ordinary ways and is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s book chosen book for 2021.
Another suggestions is a Lent prayer garden. This fits well with our aim of persisting in prayer - the garden could be a great tool to help you do this. It could also make a great project for a family to do in Lent and this tree could help you take up daily prayer. The Prayer garden can be found (and ordered) here.
A Lenten Prayer from Iona
We believe that God is present
in the darkness before dawn;
in the waiting and uncertainy
where fear and courage join hands,
conflict and caring link arms,
and the sun rises over barbed wire.
We believe in a with-us God
Who sits down in our midst
to share our humanity.
We affirm a faith
That takes us beyond the safe place
into action, into vulnerability.
and into the streets.
We commit ourselves to work for change
and put us on the line;
to bear responsibility, to take risks,
live powerfully and face humiliation;
to stand with those on the edge;
to chose life
and be used by the Spirit
for God’s new community of hope.