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Giving Up Ourselves for Lent

As we look towards a new week, half term holidays that will bring rest to some and a busy time for others we also begin Lent.

Tuesday will be full of the smells of pancakes cooking and for some Wednesday will be the start of a commitment to give up a luxury.

In the church we will begin Lent with Ashes, a reminder of our mortality and a commitment to come closer to God.

For you it may be wine or chocolate that has to be given up for 40 days and 40 nights, it may be Facebook or some other luxury.

I wonder if lent could be time to do something special this year. Recognising that we are all made in the image of God it could be time to make a real effort to put others before ourselves, to give up having our own way quite so much.

I wonder if we all spent 40 days putting others first what changes we would see in our families, our communities and our city.

In Phillipians 2:3 St Paul reminds us “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

In Matthew 20:27 we listen in to Jesus talking to his disciples “whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave”

So as for me I will be trying to give up putting my needs before others- why not join me?

The Reverend David Tolhurst, Vicar

Start! this Lent

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This lent St Matthew’s and St Wilfrid’s will be joining together to take a look at our faith afresh as a church and inviting anyone who would like to join us in finding out more about what we believe.

Life. What’s it all about?
Is it like a roller-coaster, full of ups and downs?
Or like a merry-go-round, always spinning yet going nowhere?
Or a stick of candy floss, looks great but doesn’t add up to much?

Start! will run throughout lent as we look again or for the first time at the basics of the Christian faith. Each session includes DVD clips, time to chat, simple discussion activities and space for reflection.  Our style is down-to-earth and honest, and Start! is enjoyable too.

Every Thursday in Lent we will run both a daytime and an evening Start! At lunchtime (12Noon) join us for a soup lunch and stay for Start. Alternatively, on the Thursday evening at 7pm, we will begin with coffee and cake.

Star will run on Thursday 15th February, 22nd February, 1st March, 8th March, 15th March and 22nd March. You don’t need to commit to all six, why not come along to the first session and decide for yourself –  we would love to see you.