‘#Ashes to Go’ this Lent?
There is much more to the beginning of Lent than ashes, such as making time for study and worship with a community of faith, for the support of others and of the great traditions of faith in the work of repentance and renewal, but 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. The reminder that “we are dust and to dust we will return,” puts our attention on the creative power of God, and on God’s ability to heal the brokenness in our lives when we offer that brokenness to God.
ASHES TO GO took the ashing out of the church and on to the street. Fr Neil Kelley, Rector of Bushey (pictured right, with a commuter) turned out from 6 to 7 am at Bushey station on Ash Wednesday morning, to offer ashes to commuters. Encouragingly, some thirty people took up this offer and Fr Neil described it as an amazing experience, taking the church to people and finding them wanting to receive ministry.
Easter competition launched for Schools and Churches
The folk behind the Real Easter Egg have launched a competition for Schools, Sunday Schools and Messy Churches, with a prize of £250 for the winner and runner-up prizes of £150 for second placed entries. The winners will each also receive a Special Edition Real Easter Egg.
The Real Easter Egg is all about sharing the Easter story so the challenge is to draw what happened, according to the Bible, on Easter Sunday.
All entries must be completed on A4 paper. On the back of each entry it needs to have the name of child, age, school or church and a contact number. Entries should be sent to MCC Basement Suite, 11a Eagle Brow, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0LP and must arrive by 5pm on Friday 17th March 2017. The competition is open to all children but limited to one entry per person.
See www.realeasteregg.co.uk/comp for full details.