This year Lent begins on Wednesday 14th February. This is a time when we remember the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert - a time for self reflection, a time to fast and pray about God's expectations for us, maybe a time to give up something or do something new, to think about our lives and our interaction with others.
#Watch and Pray: Wisdom and hope for Lent and life
A free app from the Church of England
Daily reflections on your smartphone for each of the 40 days in Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day that invite us to wait expectantly for God to meet us and sustain us.
There are hard copies available if you prefer - please ask.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York say:
These reflections challenge us to seek God in both familiar and unfamiliar places . . . . Our pray is that this Lent may bring you not only waiting but healing, not only rest but renewed hope . . . . and may we meet and be transformed by the Lord of lords, whose day is near.
For each day (Monday to Saturday) the app offers:
• A passage from the Bible
• A reflection exploring the reading
• A short prayer
• Full audio of the daily reflection, including specially commissioned music
• A suggested family activity to help you share the day’s theme with members of your household
For each week, there is:
• A theme, and an action linked to it
* a prayer for the week
The reflections are written by Carlton Turner.
The app is available for Android smartphones from ‘Google Play Store’ and for IOS phones from the ‘Apple Mac Store’ (producer Aimer Media)
Here in Bury Mission Community, we have a wide choice of ways to give a little extra commitment to God in these days of Lent. Everyone is welcome to whichever feels the right time, place and content for you. Why not share with a friend or neighbour?
Here in the Benefice of Walmersley Road we are delighted to welcome the Venerable Mike McGurk to lead two evenings for us. For practical reasons both will be held in the Barritt Room at St John with St Mark's Hall, Parkinson Street but are very much meant for both our parishes. If you would need a lift please ask get in touch and we will arrange one for you.
falls this year on March 10th and at 10.30am there will be a Family and Parade Service. Why not try and bring the whole family?