Lent is an important part of the Christian calendar.
The season of Lent lasts for forty days (not including Sundays). It is a time when Christians reflect and prepare for the celebrations of Easter. Some people fast, eat frugally or give up treats following the example of Jesus, who fasted for forty days in the wilderness.
People also set aside time to study the bible, reflect on Jesus’ life and prepare for the events of Holy Week and Easter.
In the sections below there are different ways in which you can take time to do something new during Lent whether it be using the “Delve Deeper Bible reflections, coming to one of the special Lent services at Emmanuel, undertaking a “Carbon Fast” or using one of the other resources listed to reflect, pray or fast.
Each week during Lent, we will be looking at passages from the gospel of Matthew which link to a theme uncovered in Sunday’s sermon passage (Mon-Fri only).
We’d love to join together as a church in reading through these passages and using this Lent time as a period of reflection between you and God. You could see this as a time to establish a pattern of daily Bible reading.
As part of this reflective activity, we’d love to encourage you to take home one of the Matthew NIV Scripture journals which are available at church. Each day, use the journal to read the passage, then to help note your thoughts; draw a picture; highlight what stands out for you; or write a prayer.
Home groups will be using these journals as their Lent studies, and the sermons on Sunday will help to pull together Jesus’ journey to the cross from the book of Matthew.
As the natural world faces unprecedented challenges, why not take time this Lent to focus on what you can do to help God’s creation flourish?
Climate Stewards’ Carbon Fast for Lent will give you a weekly prayer as well as practical challenges (at easy, medium, and hard levels) to reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate our care for creation.
You will receive an email before each challenge to let you know what to expect so you can plan ahead for the week.
Why not get your family, friends or small group to take on the Carbon Fast together?