The word LENT comes from an ancient word meaning ‘Spring’. This season of the year is given to us as a springtime for our faith – an opportunity to consider prayerfully how we may become more open to the good work which God has begun within us.
As we begin to think about the special ways we might enter into the Lenten season you may wish to consider these events which are available this year.
Ash Wednesday (26th February)
At the Ash Wednesday Service, we are given the following charge: “Brothers and sisters in Christ, I invite you in the name of the Church to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.”
Who is this Jesus?
Sundays at 4.00pm during Lent
On each of the Sundays in Lent at 4.00pm we will hold a short service of evening prayer with an opportunity to get to know Jesus better through the pages of Mark’s Gospel. No previous knowledge required!
We’ll meet at St. Oswald’s on March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and April 5th, Tea and Cakes included. To help with the catering please sign the sheet at Church or contact David.
Quiet Day at Rydal Hall (7th March. 10.00am – 4.00pm)
Re-engaging with Word and Sacrament through the Gospel of John.
Theme: ‘Learning to be your people once again’
The day is led by David (Chaplain at Rydal Hall) and is free of charge but booking required. Contact Rydal Hall (015394 32050). For lunch you are invited to visit the Tea Shop or bring a packed lunch.
Beginning on Wednesday 11th March and throughout Lent we shall hold a service of Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 10.00am (followed by a cup of Coffee/Tea). You will be very welcome.
Holy Communion at Home
If you would like to host a simple communion service in your home one morning or afternoon during Lent and invite members of the congregation and neighbours to join in – David will be happy to arrange something with you.
Through Lent 1 to 1
David is offering to accompany a few people through this important season in the church’s year. Beginning a new discipline or making new resolutions can sometimes be quite difficult and it can help to have someone alongside to encourage and guide us – even if it’s only with a fellow sufferer!
The commitment required would be to take out a short time each day for prayer and reflection (guidance would be given) and to meet once a week with David for short while to reflect on how things have been going. Do give this some thought and perhaps have a chat with David if you think this might be for you.