The year moves on – sometimes faster than we realise or care to admit. With Easter being early this year, Lent starts soon. Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, will be on 10th February. As usual, we will mark the occasion with a service of Holy Communion (at 19:00) which will include the traditional act of the imposition of ashes as a sign of our penitence.
Lent is often the time for some extra personal prayer and Bible study, perhaps accompanied by fasting, to prepare our hearts and minds for the annual remembrance of Jesus's suffering and death,
and the great celebration which follows on Easter day as we rejoice in his resurrection. For our Lent study group this year you are invited to join members of the Saturday congregation who will be meeting before their service (watch out for the exact time of the meetings) for the course which will run for 5 weeks starting on 20th February. We will study the Creed for the first 3 weeks and conclude by thinking about The Shadow of the Cross in Jesus' ministry.
Traditionally, Easter is a time for baptism. This year Bishop Mouneer will be with us on Sunday 28th February and we look forward to Baptisms and Confirmations in the service. If you are interested in either, let Rev Peter know as soon as possible - we need to allow enough time for the necessary preparations.
A blessed and meaningful Lent to you.