Leaning into Lent


Lent is different this year. Yet, we want to encourage a sense of being one Diocesan family whilst necessarily being separated: for it to be a time of positive, Biblical gentleness in which we lean into Lent, leaning on the arms of each other and the God who supports us.

Lent is a very special time of walking with Jesus on that challenging path, of agony and love, to the cross. This year it comes at the end of a year that has been painful, isolating and uncertain. Perhaps that gives us a new insight; at the same time it makes us vulnerable, and in need of rest, retreat and nourishment ourselves.

Bishop John says:

“Our prayer for us all in the Diocese is that, though physically separated by the restrictions of the pandemic, we may grow in a sense of togetherness as family in Christ and avail ourselves of the refreshment that God alone can give. With this in mind, we will be bringing some simple offerings for you to feel free to use or not to use, as we share together in the journey of Lent.”

And where possible we aim to relieve the burden, rather than add to it in any way. So these are a number of resources we are making available and we hope you will find helpful, and use or adapt freely.

 
Nourishing you
 
A sense of Sabbath Time over Lent is not always easy for so many reasons. Here you will find a variety of ways that may help you to spend time resting and being nourished.
Nourishing you

Resources
 
Finding ideas to use can take a lot of time and planning. These are a selection of resources and ideas that are easy to use and adapt for your own context and needs. These ideas can be used personally by you or your household, they can be used in your worship at church, offered out for people to use in their own homes or used as part of a school and community witness in your parish.
Resources

 


First published on: 28th January 2021