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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 the Live Lent: Let Your Light Shine meditations booklet;  

  • Read an appropriate book (such as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent 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 about all of the above below.

Above all, make Lent your own!

Sunday Evenings in Lent
7.30 p.m.   

Pilgrim Course - The Eucharist  

On Sunday evenings in Lent, we will be exploring the Eucharist
(and the whole life of prayer and worship) together.

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 website.

Lent Meditations

Please take a copy of the “Live Lent:  Let Your Light Shine” booklet.  If you would like to make a donation, the cost of the book 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
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2018 Lent Book
is “Say it to God” by Luigi Gioia.

Have you ever felt a stumbling block in your prayers? Something you just can’t say, or don’t know how to say? Or even just want a breath of fresh air for your prayer?

“Say It To God “ is not a step-by-step formula for turning prayers into gold, but an exercise in trust. Trust in God. There are no specific words you need to utter, but rather you’ll find a world of reassurance and theological insights into prayer that will get you started on a road to a deeper and more meaningful prayer life.

If you don’t have access to the internet or cannot easily obtain a copy, and would like one, please speak to Fr Christopher.

Diocese of London’s Lent Appeal
“Tackling Homelessness Together”

This Lent we will be supporting the Diocese of London’s Homelessness Appeal.  In a recent letter, the Bishop of Stepney wrote: “The level of homelessness across London is a scandal, and the contribution of churches and partner organisations is vital as statutory authorities struggle to cope. It’s wonderful to see the way in which this issue has been championed by local churches, and the many practical responses across the city and diocese.

“In order to provide a focus for the Appeal and to highlight an area of work that multiple parishes are already involved with, we are focusing on the provision of winter night shelters. 15 organisations have been identified as partner charities. Of these charities, three provide shelter for those experiencing homelessness throughout the year; the other 12 assist our parishes to provide shelter for hundreds of homeless people throughout the coldest months of the year in every part of our diocese.

At a recent visit to one of these shelters, I was privileged to share a meal and learn more of the individual stories from those experiencing homelessness. I was also touched by the care and respect shown by the amazing team of volunteers as they served the guests with dignity and genuine humanity. It was a very practical sharing of the love of Jesus Christ, who knew what it was to have nowhere to lay his head (Matthew 8:20).

This year we hope to raise the profile of a Christian response to homelessness, and encourage churches to reflect on the human cost of being without a home. For many in our great city this is an immediate reality and the love of Christ calls us to respond to it.”

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

Lent Activities arranged by
Churches Together in Finchley

Discussion Groups

There will be two discussion groups on Wednesdays during Lent, commencing on 21 February and ending on 21 March:

1.30 p.m.
Trinity Church, 15 Nether Street, N12

7.30 p.m.
63 Holdenhurst Avenue, N12

The groups will be friendly and informal.

Lenten Lunches

Frugal lunches will be held at 12.30 p.m. on the following Fridays:

23 February - St Mary-at-Finchley, Hendon Lane, N3

2 March - Trinity Church, 15 Nether Street N12

9 March - St Philip the Apostle RC Church, Gravel Hill, N3

16 March - Christ Church, High Road, N12

23 March - St Barnabas, Holden Road, N12

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