Lent 2019

Welcome to Lent!

Lent is not just about giving something up for a few weeks and it’s not just about focusing on our sin and repenting for a few weeks – it’s really about growth. The very word Lent means “Spring” or “springtime” and indeed just as spring is a time, when we plant seeds and bury them in darkness, it is a time when we plant ourselves in God and focus on and repent of the darkness in ourselves and in our world. It is a time when through repentance we grow and become a thing of beauty and restoration to the world around us. Lent is really about going through a process that should change us, that should bring us closer to being fully the people God has called us and created us to be.  The church has traditionally made this journey through an emphasis on fasting, almsgiving and prayer.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Adopt a new time of prayer, perhaps using one of the available Lent reflection booklets:  Live Lent: Let Your Light Shine, or one of the Pilgrim Journey booklets; 
  • Read an appropriate book;
  • Join a Lent Group;
  • Support our Lenten charity; and, above all:
  • Come to church – perhaps even a little earlier to give time for prayer before mass!

There is more detail below about all of the above.    Above all, make Lent your own!

Lent Course on Thursday Evenings at 7.30 p.m. 
starting on 14th March

On Thursday evenings in Lent, we will be following a Course on prayer together (see details on the poster below.

Stations of the Cross

In the Stations of the Cross we make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, while meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death.   We are not just remembering these 2,000 year old events; we are making our own journey and, in the process, confessing our own dependence upon God.    

The times for Stations each week will be advertised in the Weekly Sheet and on the calendar on the web site.

Lent Meditations

Please take a copy of “Live Lent:  Let Your Light Shine” or one of the Pilgrim Journey booklets.  If you would like to make a donation, the cost of the booklets to the church is £2.50.

For each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day, there is a short reading, a pause for reflection and prayer, and an idea for a simple action that will enable the light of Jesus to shine through our everyday lives.

The meditation should take no more than 3 or 4 minutes each day and gives an opportunity for you to grow closer to God during this special time in the Church’s calendar.

Lent Reading

Here are a few suggestions for reading during Lent.  If you don’t have access to the internet or cannot easily obtain a copy of any of these books, please speak to Fr Christopher.

At Home in Lent: An exploration of Lent through 46 objects
Gordon Giles
(978-0-85746-589-4)

The Way of Ignatius: A prayer journey through Lent
Gemma Simmonds
(978-0-281-07531-7)

Love the World
David Adam
(978-0-281-07776-2)

Reconciliation (The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2019)
Muthuraj Swamy
(978-0-281-08008-3)

The Merciful Humility of God
Jane Williams
(978-1-4729-5481-7)

Lent with the Bishop of Fulham - “Marks of Discipleship”

Join Bishop Jonathan and Christians from across the See of Fulham this Lent in study and reflection of the fundamental elements of discipleship - meeting at different locations on four Saturdays from 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.  There is a poster in the Narthex and leaflets in the Hall giving more details.

Diocese of London’s Lent Appeal - Seeking to end Modern Day Slavery

This Lent we will be supporting the Diocese of London’s Modern Day Slavery Lent Appeal. This will build on the work of the Clewer Initiative, part of the national church’s approach to eradicating modern day slavery which was launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury in October 2017.  It rightly calls for a community-wide response to modern slavery – developing partnerships between the Church, statutory and non-statutory agencies to create a network of advocates seeking to end Modern Day Slavery.

There are at least 40 million victims of modern day slavery in the world today, and tens of thousands in the UK.  In our capital city, heralded for its history and culture, modern slavery is thriving.  Thousands are forced into domestic servitude, forced labour or sexual exploitation in plain sight of Londoners, and many more are at risk of falling through the cracks, hidden from the view of the authorities, charities and the church.  Behind those statistics there are real people who need our help.

The Diocese is partnering with five charities that are already working to end Modern Day Slavery in London:

  • Tamar (which provides essential support and advocacy to those who are suffering through sexual exploitation and modern slavery in the Borough of Westminster);
  • Ella’s Home (which works with women exiting situations of trafficking and exploitation);
  • Love 146  (which is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation);
  • The Children’s Society Rise Project (which is a specialist service for boys and young men who have been trafficked to the UK); and
  • Kalayaan (a small charity which fights for justice for migrant workers).

As last year, instead of Lent Boxes, there will be a retiring collection in April in aid of the Lent Appeal.   Please be generous.

Churches Together in Finchley Lent Activities