Lent is the period of 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays). It is a time for reflection and preparation for Easter which begins on Ash Wednesday, which this year is on 10th February. On Ash Wednesday we mark the start of Lent with a special Holy Communion service at 7.30 pm.
As usual we will be running Lent Groups this year – these are small, informal discussion groups meeting once a week in people's homes or the church hall, during the first five weeks of Lent. They are times when we can encourage and get to know one another, be challenged, and grow in our faith.
Some may happen in groups that already take place, others in groups formed for Lent. This year's groups will be using a 'York Course' called 'Build on the Rock: faith, doubt – and Jesus'. This is how it has been described:
With provocative quotations on every page and plenty of human interest, this course probes more deeply than its gentle, friendly style might suggest. 'Build on the Rock' starts by looking at faith and doubt. Is it wrong – or is it normal and healthy – for a Christian to have doubts? Is there any evidence for a God who loves us?
We hear from many witnesses. At the heart of a Christian answer stands Jesus himself. We consider his ‘strange and beautiful story’ and reflect upon his teaching, his death, his resurrection and his continuing significance.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to join one, even if you never have before! Please sign up on list at back of church or phone the church office on 01902 722840 if you would like to join a group, host a group, consider leading a group. Details of times and places will be published soon. There will be groups on different days of the week, some daytime and some evening.