Lenten courses 2013


undefinedLent starts tomorrow (Ash Wednesday) the traditional period of reflection, prayer and penance leading up to the solemn commemoration of Christ's passion, His death and the celebration of His resurrection. The Revd Ian Rumsey (pictured), one of our two diocesan parish development officers, says it is worthwhile taking Lent seriously.

Ian writes: “The six weeks of Lent is the traditional period in the Church’s year when people make time to still themselves before God. People reflect on their spiritual journey, sometimes deliberately abstain from a designated luxury in order to train the mind and soul away from the materialist and consumerist dependency we too easily embrace. People also use Lent to fast in order to identify in some small measure with the poor and thereby pray for them more intentionally.

“Lent provides one of the rhythms of the year, an annual MOT, a self-emptying, a proper time of considered preparation which leads incisively and with growing hunger and expectation to the joyful exuberance of Easter Day.

“Lent can also give a great opportunity for church members to explore and deepen their faith. It’s long enough to get your teeth into some proper study, but short enough not to feel you’re committing to a life sentence.”

Ian suggests you avail yourself of some of the Lenten courses available ...