Lent Resources 2017
Some recently published resources and events to enhance your spiritual journey through the forty days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (1 March - 15 April 2017).
Count your Blessings 2017 Journey with your neighbours from around the world. This resource from Christian Aid offers daily opportunities to give, act and pray for your neighbour, and to give thanks for life's blessings. Adult and Children's calendars to download.
Prayer is at the heart of this year’s series of teachings in Barnsley for Lent. A five week course 7pm every Wednesday in St Mary’s Church, Barnsley.
Wednesday 8 March - Revd Mother Mary Luke, Community of the Holy Cross, an Anglican Benedictine Religious community, East Midlands on Praying Throughout the day'
Wednesday 15 March - Fr Oswin Gartside, Prior of the Community of the Resurrection in Mirfield, will ask What is Prayer?.
Wednesday 22 March - Father Damian Humphries OSB Priest at Holy Rood Catholic Church in Barnsley on Lectio Divina – Praying with the Bible.
Wednesday 29 March - Revd Kristen Markay, a Methodist Minister in the Barnsley Circuit will discuss the The Jesus Prayer
Wednesday 5 April - Fr Brain Bell, the vicar of St Paul’s Monk Bretton on The Rosary.
We are Pilgrims on a Journey at Mirfield
Four Tuesday evenings in Lent led by a variety of people. Starting on Tuesday 7 March in St James Chapel in the Community of the Resurrection Church. Input from speakers. Opportunities for discussion and questions. Time for quiet before joining the Community for Compline. More here.
Lent Talks on Wednesdays in Huddersfield
Huddersfield Parish Church and the University of Huddersfield have teamed up again with a series of five lectures and discussions on a broad range of issues. Every Wednesday in Lent: 3pm in St Peter's Church, Huddersfield and 5.30pm at the University. Speakers include Dean Jeffrey John; Bishops John Pritchard and Nick Baines and Revd Maggie McLean.
Receiving Christ from York Courses
Bishop Nick is one of the contributors to York Courses latest offering, 'Receiving Christ'. It's a five-session course by Canon John Young comprising course booklet, CD and transcript; ideal for Lent, yet not Lent-specific.
‘'To all who received him … he gave power to become children of God.’ (John 1.12.) This raises big questions. Aren’t we all children of God anyway? Just how can we receive Christ? And what does it mean to have ‘a relationship with God’? In a course crammed with discussable questions, John Young teases out from the New Testament at least three different ways in which we receive Christ. The course booklet is supplemented by four leading Christians from a variety of backgrounds including Bishop Nick on the course CD. Together they demonstrate that St John’s theology in his magisterial Gospel has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives. Downloadable materials and full details of resources on offer here.
40 days, 40 reflections, 40 challenges to make a difference from Stewardship
Every day throughout Lent (not including Sundays), wake up to a new generosity challenge and short Bible-based blog straight to your inbox. Each act is designed to sharpen your awareness and give you practical ways to stretch your faith as well as your generosity, with three challenge levels.
Challenges for individuals, churches, small groups, youth groups, schools and families, 40acts Online and printable resources to guide you through a generous Lent. Sign up as a group or individual. More here.
Reflections for Lent published by Church House Publishing
Covering Monday to Saturday each week, it offers reflections on readings from the Common Worship Lectionary, written by some of today's leading spiritual and theological writers, Jeff Astley, Libby Lane, Helen-Ann Hartley and Graham James. Each day includes: Full lectionary details for Morning Prayer, A reflection on one of the Bible readings and a Collect for the day. Ideal for individuals and groups seeking Lectionary-based reflections. It also features a simple form of morning and night prayer and a guide to keeping a good Lent. More here.
Live Lent with Christian Aid
For each day of Lent, Christian Aid invites you on a journey of discipleship, bringing Scripture to life in today's world and offering small practical actions to build God's Kingdom where you are. Each day offers: a short Bible quotation, a reflection to help you walk closer with Jesus through the disciplines of prayer, simplicity and generosity and a simple action for transforming yourself, your community and the world. Illustrated with colour photography featuring Christian Aid's work around the world, this is the perfect pocket resource for anyone seeking to deepen their discipleship this Lent. This is a single copy with new actions for 2017. It is undated and may be used in any year. More here.
Bible Reflections from charity Send a Cow.
This year Send a Cow have developed some Bible Reflections for use individually or as a church. Each study is based on a story from one of the countries supported by the charity and has a Bible passage for reflection together with information about the work of the charity. More here.
Another idea from Send a Cow is a Sweet Swap Challenge Get sponsored to give up sugary things for 40 days! Swap sugar for healthier options to help some of Africa's poorest people swap poverty for training, equipment and livestock. More here. Read Rachel's blog with some top tips about giving up sugar this Lent.
Food for Thought from the Church Urban Fund.
These reflections are intended to be equally helpful for individuals or groups. Each week takes the Common Lectionary Sunday Readings as a jumping off point, and then moves to another piece of scripture.
'Lent is a chance to interrogate our relationship with food - perhaps the most basic relationship we have with the world around us. In many ways 'food is the new rock and roll' - it defines the culture - but despite shows like 'The Great British Bake-off', these days we do less actual cooking ourselves, and more and more consume what others, or machines, have created for us. Today food is politics, food is class, food is religion, food is society - but that was equally true in Jesus' day.' Sign up to download the full course here.
Returning Home: Christian Faith in Encounter with Other Faiths from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
This resource explores how Christian faith has been deepened and enriched by encounters with people of different religions. It is not a resource that necessarily emphases common ground or that is about dialogue but how Christian faith has burned brightly following an encounter with the religious other.
Christians who have lived alongside, and worked with, people of other faiths, often express their surprise and appreciation that their own Christian faith has been enriched by these encounters. How is this the case? Sometimes a practice such as fasting by Muslims in Ramadan has led Christians to think again about the ancient Christian practice of fasting, or the understanding of a concept such as suffering in an Indic faith has prompted Christians to interrogate Christian understanding of redemptive suffering. Find out more here.
Leeds Lent prayer Diary 2017 produced by Leeds Christian Community Trust
The Leeds Lent Prayer Diary is an invaluable resource for bringing people together in prayer for the City of Leeds during Lent. The 2017 edition is bursting with up-to-date information on over 50 ecumenical projects. With short and snappy entries for each initiative it provides Christians from different denominations with a daily focus to pray for current needs. Projects featured cover a broad range, including social justice, youth work, community action, arts and creative projects. This year there are also articles from Wetherby, Yeadon and Otley.
The prayer diaries are snapped up quickly so place orders for your congregation, prayer group or youth group here
Confident Christians - Growing Churches - Changing Communities Diocesan Lent Course from 2016
These objectives are at the heart of who we are as Christian people serving God in the world today as well as the vision for our diocese. As a large and diverse diocese, the course encourages us to work out what these core objectives mean in practice where we live and how we can together help God’s kingdom grow in Leeds Diocese.
Download the 12-page booklet with discussion points, Bible readings and questions to help you think this through.