#LiveLent: Embracing Justice
This Lent we are called to reflect on the injustices of the world and ask what God is calling us to do about them. Over forty days, we step into God’s work in the here and now – and in doing so we move from brokenness towards wholeness.
This will be supported by a wide range of free digital resources for individuals, groups and churches available via the Church of England website.
Bishop's Lent Appeal 2023
Every year in Lent, Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike encourage us to reflect as well as to give.
This year the Bishop's Lent Appeal will be raising money for our link Diocese of Kagera in Tanzania. Throughout Lent you will be able to learn more about life in Kagera, to pray and to raise funds. Please click HERE for all the information you need, including fundraising ideas and how to donate.
The Archbishops Big Church Red for Lent 2023
'Failure' The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2023 - This Lent journey with Emma Ineson through her wonderfully humorous and encouraging book as Emma explores whether sin is an individual or corporate thing. Looking at the church, we consider, what is God’s purpose for it. And in light of key concerns such as safeguarding and racial justice, how might we re-examine concepts of success and recognize and measure failure? As the book draws to an end, we are reminded of our calling to live life to the full, to take risks despite our fears. We are bound sometimes to fail! Yet gazing at Jesus – who looked like the greatest failure of all – we may discern in the heartache, vulnerability, and humility of failure, the glory of the cross. Click Here to find out more.
'Godforsaken' by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell - In the Gospel of Mark’s account of the Passion narrative, Jesus calls out from the cross ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ – the first line of Psalm 22. It’s an anguished expression – traditionally ascribed to King David – of defeat, failure, abandonment and despair. Join the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, as he ponders the significance of these words. What does it mean for Jesus to have quoted them, at the very end of his life? What do those words mean for us? This is a beautiful and compelling exploration of the dark, suffering side of the Passion – and how Jesus’ words lead us to the greatest hope of all. Click Here to find out more.
Living Faith Series
|Living Lent 1||A five session course for small groups looking at traditional themes of Lent|
|Living Lent 2 Who is this Jesus?||Daily reflections from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day|
|Living Lent with Mark||A six session course for use by individuals or groups reflecting on the Passion narrative in Mark's Gospel|
Events and courses
Living your life with God
Starting 28 February 2023, 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Zoom Lent course
Brother Lawrence wrote about how he lived his Christian life in the 1600s and his very slim work "Practicing the Presence of God" has been massively popular ever since. Through Lent, Bishop Mike (and an occasional guest!) will be offering five Zoom sessions looking at how his insights can be applied in everyday life, with plenty of room for discussion on the way. For more details and to book your place please click here.
Journeys - Lent course offered by The Clewer Initiative
The Clewer Initiative is producing a new resource for Lent 2023 which will be available to download from their website in early January. Journeys will be based on the 'Stations of the Cross' and through five mini films and an accompanying devotional resource, it will take churches and individuals on a journey, challenging them to take action against modern slavery and not be a bystander. It can be used in in-person small groups, individual study or online. The films will include interviews with church members, experts and community leaders who have done significant anti-slavery work. They will highlight the journeys that they have been on to deliver their work. Sign up here.
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