Lent 2021

Seeds of Hope

In this difficult time, looking to the future with hope is important for our well-being and walking together in faith.  Lent is often associated with giving things up: this year, let’s look at how we can grow together, looking to the future.  So this Lent we are asking everyone to join together as a church community in a growing project.

Jesus explained many things to people in stories.  He asked them—and us–to really listen, with our hearts as well as our ears.

This is one story he told…

5 ‘A sower went out to sow his seed.  As he was sowing, some fell by the road, and was trodden on, and the birds of the air ate it up.  6 Other seed fell on stony ground, and when it came up it withered, because it didn’t have any moisture.  7 Other seed again fell into good soil, and came up, and gave a hundredfold yield.’ ….

11‘This is the parable: the seed is the word of God.  12 Those by the roadside are people who hear, but then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they don’t believe it, and are not saved.  13 Those on the stony ground are those who hear the word and receive it with delight—but they don’t have any root, and so they believe only for a time, and then, when persecution comes, they draw back.
14 The seed that falls in among thorns represents people who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and they don’t bear proper, ripening fruit.  15 But those in the good soil are the ones who hear the word and hold on to it with an upright and good heart, and who patiently produce fruit.’

(Luke 8: 5-7; 11-15)

The growing project

We are all invited to grow a plant, taking care of it and watering it.  We will start them off as part of the service on Sunday 21st February, and periodically give time in services during Lent to see how each other’s plants are growing.  By Easter Sunday there should be healthy plants for us all to see.

What to grow?

You may want to grow a herb plant, a vegetable plant, a flower or even grass.  You may start with a seed or a bulb.  If you don’t have a pot, compost or seeds, there are many gardeners among us who will happily drop these off for you.

A growing prayer

Lord of the seeds,
Blow your seeds of Love and Hope,
Whirl them around by your Holy Spirit
And as the seeds land, bless them,
And bless those who will pick them up.  Amen

© Ruth Dillon

Lent Groups 2021

You are invited to join the Lent group, with the opportunity to meet on 5 occasions during Lent. As we journey through the challenge of the current lockdown and the impact of the pandemic on our lives, we will discuss the seeds of hope we see – those spiritual essentials that will help us continue to be active disciples in unusual times. We will explore scripture from the Parables, the Epistles and Old Testament prophets such as Hosea, Isaiah and the Psalms, reflect and discuss how these develop our discipleship and sustain us in these strange times. Come to one, some or all!

All meetings will be on Mondays at 11 am, and will be held on the following dates: 22nd February, 1st, 15th, 22nd & 29 March.  Please contact the Church Secretary for more information.

Week 5:

Our final lent group meets on Monday 29th March at 11 am during Holy Week. This session is focusing on Joy is coming soon so will pick up on themes from last week and consider how the joy will be seen in Easter Day. Ray Stanyon will be joining us and will lead the closing section of our time together. Notes are available below in preparation for the meeting, along with notes from previous weeks.

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