Lent 2018

  Lent 2018 in colours

We start Lent with the colour black.  Black ashes  are used in the Ash Wednesday service.  Black is the colour of the soil that's turned, ready to plant in, ready to grow things.  We want to grow  in bible reading, in prayer, in giving,  in discipline of ourselves to God's service in Lent.  That's why we use black.  

 

 

 

Here is something to do for each day of Lent.  The theme is growth – in different ways.  Sunday we think about growing the church, Monday about growing your mind.  Tuesdays is about growing faith, and Wednesdays about growing with the family.  Thursdays is about the growth of the planet.  Friday is about growing your giving, and Saturday is actually about growing things! (You don’t need a garden, just a pot). 

Week Two (beginning 18th February) 

Services this week; Sunday 10 am, 
Wednesday 10 am Eucharist 

 Lent Course Tuesday 20th February at Towcester Road Methodist Church   7.30 pm 

Lent- a time for GROWTH 

Sunday 18th February First Sunday of Lent - THIS WEEK; look prayerfully at all the rotas for Sunday church jobs- coffee, counting, Junior Church, sides people, reading, prayers.  What could you do? If you are already on them, how can you encourage and help someone new?  

 Monday 19th February  Read a newspaper or news website in depth about a country you don’t know much about.

Tuesday 20th February  Get up five minutes earlier or stay up five minutes later, and give this time to praying – pray for a Holy Lent 

 Wednesday 21st February Write to a member of your family (or all of them!) whether they are in your house or not –a postcard or letter to tell them how much you appreciate them

 Thursday 22nd February Turn the heating down by a few  degrees  and put on a jumper (did you save money?  Can you give it away?)

 Friday  23rd  February Walk instead of catching a bus, or driving, and give some money to Christian aid 

 Saturday 24th February  Buy some flower seeds and plant –to grow something for the Flower Festival in May

 Sunday 25th February   THIS WEEK; look at all the jobs which needed doing, cleaning, maintenance, gardening, flower arranging,  finance and administration and volunteer for one or find out who leads and can help 

 

Children's challenges 

 

 

Sunday (18th) In church today say hello to someone you don’t know well, an adult or child.   Tell them what you learnt in church today and ask what they learnt. 

Monday  Find out what’s happening in Cape Town where water is so precious.  Ask a grown up or with permission, use the internet to find out    

Tuesday  Today when you get up, pray for the person who you eat breakfast with – and say thank you to God for your breakfast.

Wednesday  Make a card for someone in your family (or everyone) to tell them how much you love them. 

Thursday   Think about all the different things you use electricity for; draw pictures of them.  What could you stop using electricity for? 

Friday  Find something you could give away – not just something old but something you know someone else might like (check with your parents) – such as  music, a DVD or a book

Saturday   Choose a patch of ground and ask your parents if you can buy and plant some seeds. 

Sunday  Offer to do something to help in church today, collect hymn books, sweep the floor, collect coffee cups.

 

 

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Week one (beginning Ash Wednesday, 10th February)

 Services this week; Ash Wednesday, 7.30 pm, Eucharist and imposition of Ashes 

First Sunday in Lent 14th February , 10am Eucharist a

 

Lent- a time for GROWTH 

 

 Wednesday 14th February  Attend a service.  Pray with your church family and/or with your actual family. 

 Thursday 15th February   Think about water; turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth, spend 5 minutes less in the shower, boil only enough  for the tea you will make. 

 Friday 16th February Give up a meal or a coffee or a snack today – and give the money to Christian Aid or another charity

 Saturday 17th February Plant a cutting – there are lots about  or pick up some in church tomorrow !

 Sunday 18th February First Sunday of Lent - THIS WEEK; look prayerfully at all the rotas for Sunday church jobs- coffee, counting, Junior Church, sides people, reading, prayers.  What could you do? If you are already on them, how can you encourage and help someone new?   

 

 

 Children's Challenges

 

 

Wednesday  Look around the world and see how many crosses you can see today – ones which are crosses on churches but also crosses on things like taps and on a plate or whatever.  Each time remember Jesus loves you

Thursday  Today when you turn on a tap, for a wash, a shower, a drink, or cleaning your teeth, think about what it would be like if we were running short of water.   Use a bit less.   

Friday   Find an empty jam jar or similar.  Put 10p in it.  Put 10p at least in it every week at least till the end of Lent, to give to charity

Saturday Plant a cutting – there are lots about  or pick up some in church tomorrow !

Sunday In church today say hello to someone you don’t know well, an adult or child.   Tell them what you learnt in church today and ask what they learnt. 

 

 

 

 

You can find a complete list of the challenges for every day of Lent here for adults 

and here for children