Whether or not you plan to give something up this Lent, there is plenty to choose from to help you to mark the season this year.
A joint service including Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes will take place at St Paul’s Church, Kirkgate, Shipley at 6.30pm on Wednesday 02 March. All welcome to go along. Note there is no service at St Peter’s
Take Time meditations with Helen
Taketime meditations are all about using your imagination to provide a calm, comfortable space in which to meet God. Our own Helen Scott is a trained as a TakeTime Practitioner and she will be leading a short meditation, via Zoom on Wednesday evenings during Lent, which anyone is welcome to join.
Each meditation is inspired by the stories of Jesus in the days leading up to his crucifixion. Sessions last for around 20 mins to listen to a guided meditation. Sessions will start on Wednesday 2 March at 8.30pm and will follow onWednesdays 9th, 16th and 23rd March
This year, Helen will also be offering some Easter bonus sessions: onWeds 13th April, Fri 15th April (Good Friday) , Sunday 17th April (Easter Sunday) and Wednesday 20th April. You can choose whether to show your face on screen or turn your camera off and just listen. It’s fine to attend just one or two sessions, or all of them, as you wish.
To join, click the Zoom link here at 8.30pm on Wednesdays or go into Zoom and enter the following meeting ID: 545 396 6983
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Lent Sessions at St Peter’s
We are planning to run some Saturday morning Lent sessions at St Peter’s this year, looking at our Christian response to justice – what is justice, why is it so key for us as Christians and what can we learn from what the Bible says about justice to help us to act in the right way in our lives today.
Sessions will include a short worship time, teaching, and opportunity for quiet reflection and/or discussion – a little in the style of the Explore Together services we used to hold before teh Pandemic hit. There will be some creative activities which would be suitable for children as well, so do feel freem to come as a family if you wish. The sessions will finish with a simple soup and a roll lunch together.
We are really sorry that the first session in the Lent Course, planned for SaturdayMarch 5 has had to be cancelled due to unforeseeable illness. However, future sessions will take place as planned on March 19th and April 9th. The session on April 9 will help to prepare us for all that will follow during Holy Week.
Each of the sessions will be stand alone so you don’t have to come to all three – no commitment, just join us when you can! The sessions will run between 10.30am and 12 noon in church, with lunch following between 12 and 1. If you’d like to join us, please sign the list on the Welcome Desk or book online here:
SCT Lent Events
Shipley Christians Together will be having some weekly meetings during Lent, starting this week. Each meeting will be hosted by a different church, will focus on a different topic of interest and will include a simple soup and bread meal and a short talk. All are welcome, events start at 6pm for around an hour. The programme will be:
Wednesday 9 March: Shipley Baptist Church; Climate Action
Wednesday 16 March: Northcliffe Church; Development of Shipley Centre
Wednesday 23 March: Saltaire Methodist Church; Reflections on Lent
Wednesday 30 March: St Peter’s Shipley; CAP Debt Centre
Wednesday 6 April: St Walburga’s Church; TBC
Wednesday 13 April: Christchurch, Windhill; TBC
SCT will also be organising some joint events on Good Friday to mark Holy Week – watch this space for more!
Archbishops’ call to prayer
In a joint pastoral letter to the Church of England, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell, have encoueraged us to use these weeks during Lent to pray especially for the unfolding situation in Ukraine:
“In these days of uncertainty and fear, we pray that each of us might again turn to the Lord and receive God’s gift of peace, work for God’s justice, know God’s reconciliation and love, and choose paths not of hatred or destruction, of violence or retribution, but God’s way of justice, mercy and peace.
“As Christians, our response to a crisis must always be rooted in prayer. And so we invite you to join with us in praying most earnestly for an outpouring of the Spirit of God, that the world may once again choose peace, strengthening those international bodies that enable us to work and live together as one humanity inhabiting one world. We pray for those in Ukraine who suffer grievously, for all who take decisions around the world, and for the people and leaders of Russia too.”Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell, Joint pastoral letter, February 2022
You may find it helpful to use this prayer:
God of peace and justice,
We pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort
would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power
over war or peace, for wisdom,
discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children,
at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus,
Prince of Peace.
Tear Fund have also produced a helpful web guide on How to pray for Ukraine giving you suggestions about what to pray for as well as creative prayer ideas.
Finally, if you would like to set aside time each day during Lent to spend time with God and have a book to follow to help you with this, you can get lots of ideas and inspiration from the Church House Publishing website here. or from the Eden website here (a kind of version of Amazon for Christian books!)
Recommendations include: Embracing Justice (Isabelle Hamley) published by SPCK. This is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2022 and focuses on what a spirituality shaped by biblical portrayals of justice might look like for the church of the 21st century. Our Saturday Lent sessions will be exploring some of the these themes. With six chapters to take you from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, this Lent devotional for 2022 is described as essential reading for anyone interested in the issues of justice – from climate and economic justice to gender and racial equality – that are increasingly at the forefront of global consciousness, and the role that Christians and the Church must play in them.
There are lots of others to choose from though – dive in and have a look!