Burning brightly from Lent to Pentecost
The Church of England national Lent campaign has a familiar ring to many people in St Albans Diocese – it’s written by (Archdeaconof Wandsworth) John Kiddle, former Director of Mission.
‘#LiveLent – Let your light shine’ is a Lent journey through the Gospel of John, offering a short daily reading, a pause for reflection and prayer and a challenge to act.
In simple and accessible language, it includes an introduction from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, who say:
“These Lent reflections take you on a journey through the Gospel of John and give you an opportunity to explore what the gift of Jesus and the challenge of Jesus mean for you, in the context of your daily life.”
“God offers us life for the sake of others. The light he gives us in Jesus Christ is not to be hidden but to shine – it’s a gift to be lived and shared. Indeed, the more we share it and let it shine, the brighter it burns.”
A weekly five-session Lent course that can be run in conjunction or separately to the daily ‘Let your light shine’ material will also be available as part a range of downloadable materials to support churches.
The aim in 2018 is to be as joined up as possible and encourage people to journey from Lent and Easter into Pentecost and Thy Kingdom Come.
The full range of #LiveLent resources and activities will include:
• Full-colour printed book #LiveLent: Let Your Light Shine from Church House Publishing, which can be ordered here. They are available in bulk or as single copies
• Daily reflections – a daily discipleship journey through Lent from the Gospel of John, and a weekly Lent course based on these themes
• App for Android and iOS (available late January) including all daily reflections material
• Social media graphics from the national Church of England accounts to share on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
• E-mail and text signups – which proved very popular over Advent and Christmas for #GodWithUs
For more, see www.churchofengland.org/lent
Protecting the most vulnerable women in our communities
With sexual exploitation in the news almost daily, it is good to hear of work being done locally to combat it.
Azalea is a Christian charity in Luton working to combat sexual exploitation among women, men and children. Set up by local churches, our volunteers have helped more than 200 women since launching in 2008.
Could you help people caught in sexual exploitation to turn their lives around? Do you have a heart for the poor and marginalised? Azalea is recruiting volunteers to join its teams working in Luton with either women or men. Check out our next Training Course on March 3 / April 21 (both dates must be attended).
Details are at www.azalea.org.uk/training. Look out for more about Azalea in a future edition of SeeRound online.