Lent Groups

Our Lent groups provide opportunities to meet with justin-welby-dethroning-mammon
other Christians to share in fellowship, grow in faith,
study scripture, and pray for each other.

In Lent 2017 we are running two groups.

On Tuesday evenings – 7.30-9.30pm – at St. Stephen’s Vicarage, 25 Talbot Road, W2 5JF

Our discussions will be based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book – ‘Dethroning Mammon’:
Tuesday 7th March            What we see we value
Tuesday 14th March          What we measure controls us
Tuesday 21st March          What we have we hold
Tuesday 28th March          What we receive we treat as ours
Tuesday 4th April               What we give we gain
Tuesday 11th April             What we master brings us joy

On Wednesday evenings – 7.30-9.30pm – at St. Matthew’s Church, St. Petersburg Place, W2 4LA

Our discussions will be based on the Psalms:
Wednesday 8th March       Psalm 4 – Trust
Wednesday 15th March     Psalm 18 – Doubt
Wednesday 22nd March    Psalm 34 – Refuge
Wednesday 29th March     Psalm 66 – Praise
Wednesday 5th April          Psalm 90 – Frustration
Wednesday 12th April        Psalm 121 – Suffering

Please feel free to join us for either group.

 

 

Why Do Christians Observe Lent?

Lent is a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter. It probably began as a season of preparation for those to be baptised on Easter Sunday or those to be re-admitted to the church after serious sin. It then became a season in which all Christians were encouraged to prepare for our celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The 40 days reflect the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry. The calculation of the forty days has varied considerably in Christian history. It is now usual to count them continuously to the end of Holy Week (but not Sundays), so beginning Lent on the 6th Wednesday before Easter, Ash Wednesday. Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence; from the middle ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross.

This history explains the characteristics of Lent – study, self-examination, penitence, self-denial,  and generous giving. Christians still find considerable value in exercising these spiritual disciplines in the hope of change. So giving things up or fasting may reflect our desire to rely on God, humble ourselves and get rid of sinful elements of our life, while choosing to do something extra for Lent may reflect our desire to grow in Christ-like character, virtue and love for others.
For many, Lent is also a special time to meet with others; to study scripture; to pray with and for each other; to learn, support and encourage each other as collectively we seek to prune away the bad and grow the good. That is why we are inviting everyone from St. Matthew’s and St. Stephen’s to join our different Lent Groups as a means of making this a significant season for us all.

Please see the diary for details of the Lent Groups.

How we spend 40 days has the potential to change the rest of our life.