For eight years I taught in a girls’ school, and for six weeks of each of those years I used to hear students regularly say to each other: ‘I have given that up for Lent.’ In no other place I have ever heard so many people use those words with such consistent regularity. I am not sure how many of them knew exactly what they were saying. I often wondered if they even knew what Lent was. Nevertheless each year, on Ash Wednesday, there began the regular use of that phrase: ‘I have given that up for Lent.’
This year, because of the strange way in which the Church’s calendar sets the date for Easter, Lent begins early. Ash Wednesday, the official first day of Lent, is on the tenth of February. If I was still teaching in that school in Sussex I know, that from the morning of that day, all those students would be denying themselves of something because they had given it up for Lent.
Since those days I have become more aware of how often people do say that they have given something up for Lent. I often ponder on whether they realise that Lent is, historically, so much more than an annual dieting opportunity, or an annual period of detoxification. That, of course, is usually what is at the heart of all that self-denial. All those students were usually denying themselves nothing more than chocolate, or sweets, or some other fattening substance; all those other people were often denying themselves of alcohol. If only they knew that they were getting it wrong.
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During Lent there will be five stand-alone study sessions that will provide an opportunity for people to come together and share in a time of Bible study, reflection and discussion.
The sessions are designed in such a way that you can attend all five of them, or you can just choose the ones that most appeal to you.
The Lent Study Course will run twice each week:
- 11am on Wednesday mornings (17, 24 February; 2, 9, 16 March)
- 7.30pm on Thursday evenings (18, 25 February; 3, 10, 17 March)
All of the sessions will be at
The Rectory, Mussons Close, Corby Glen.
The topics under consideration will be:
- What Christians believe
- Knowing Jesus
- Growing in the Scriptures
- Growing in prayer
- Living the Christian life
We will be marking the beginning of Lent with two services of Holy Communion:
- St John’s Church, Corby Glen at 10am on Ash Wednesday, 10 February
- St Nicholas’ Church, Swayfield at 7.30pm on Ash Wednesday, 10 February
Before each Wednesday morning Lent Study session there will be a short service of Holy Communion for those who would like to come together in worship before joining in fellowship and study.
Revd Stephen Buckman
The exciting biblical story of Jesus Christ has been retold in 18 songs with narration, in a new musical entitled The Jesus Story. The musical was written by Richard Rice-Oxley, now a retired priest living in Swinstead, South Lincs. The first performances, given by a local choir and musicians in Swayfield and Corby Glen, were warmly received by packed audiences.
We have been invited to perform The Jesus Story again in 2016:
- GRANTHAM Methodist Church, Harrowby Lane, Friday 18 March at 7.30p.m.
- EDENHAM Village Hall,
Sunday 20 March at 4.00p.m.
- MORTON Church, Saturday 25 June, time t.b.c.
More details are on the website: rev-rice-oxley.uk
Here we are again – at the beginning of another year!
For some this will be a time of wondering why the beginning of 2015 feels as though it was only the day before yesterday. For some the beginning of another New Year is a moment to dread; for others it will be the opening of an exciting door of challenge and opportunity. However you approach the dawning of a another New Year – 2016 is upon us!
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