Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and falls on 17 February this year. This Lent, we are supporting the Church of England’s Lent Campaign #Live Lent: God’s Story, Our Story, which builds on the themes of Everyday Faith and Everyday Prayer, which have been a focus for discipleship events and resources across the diocese.
#Live Lent is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele, published on 19 November by SPCK.
We witness to God’s story and the impact this has made to our story so that others might also find their story taking on new meaning in the light of God’s love. While the current restrictions on daily life necessitated by the pandemic present significant challenges, the suffering and isolation many continue to face make the need for us to share God’s love with our communities greater than ever. Rather than just being a Lenten discipline, this year’s #LiveLent is a joyful invitation to make witness a normal part of the Christian life, the natural overflow of a life lived in devotion to Christ.
Resources include a Lent booklet with daily reflections and a free app with family friendly activities. Find out more on the Church of England’s #Live Lent page.
- Following our from our archdeaconry days which focused on Prayer – Everyone, Everywhere, a week of exploring prayer in the diocese, some people have asked about using the resources during Lent. The team behind the event has produced two simple guides to help people do just that: one aimed at adult groups and the other at young people. You can download these guides below.
- The Clewer Initiative has launched ‘Women in the Shadows,’ this week, to convey to a new audience the horrors of modern slavery and its devastating impact on victims in the UK. At the heart of the course are five short films which include haunting survivor stories and compelling interviews with people working for frontline organisations. The films have been launched to coincide with the season of Lent with some supporting materials which we hope will help people process and apply the lessons from the films to their own context. The reflections have been written by a range of Clergy friends who are all deeply committed to combating modern slavery in the UK.You can find the week by week guide at the bottom of this page.
- The Go Team are Inspiring Hope this Lent with a social media campaign for and by young people. The idea is to share messages of hope, written by young people, across social media platforms each weekday during Lent. Young people aged 11-16 in churches, youth groups and secondary schools around the diocese have been asked to complete the sentence ‘Hope is…’ in 10 words or less, writing their message on cardboard or creating it as a social media post. Read more.
- The diocesan environment team producing resources to support parishes in embedding creation care in their life and work. You can download their Eight Things to Do During Lent resource sheet below.
- Send a Cow is asking church and youth groups to embrace technology during Lent in support refugee work in Uganda by hosting a virtual hosting a virtual coffee morning on Zoom. To make it different from normal Zoom meetings, invite a Send a Cow speaker to join and tell you about our refugee projects and your guests can ask as many questions they like – all socially distanced. Email Ann Hatton or download free resources Alternatively host a youth quiz night by challenging your youth group to host a virtual quiz for the whole church in support of refugee families. Resources, a Bible reflection and quiz suggestions can be downloaded.
And read what Harley Wykes, one of the ministry experience scheme interns, will be praying for as he goes through Lent in lockdown.