This year, Bishop Peter and I are focusing on care for the environment for our Lent Challenge to parishes. With almost daily news of the damage that humankind is inflicting on the natural world, it seems timely to remind ourselves that as Christians we are called to be good stewards of the world that God has entrusted to us. Our lives should reflect the Good News of Jesus to all of creation, as summed up in the 5th Mark of Mission ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.’ Although, there is much ‘green’ advice available, many churchgoers are not aware of how much our faith has to say about caring for creation. This Lent we hope to help people make those connections, and to be encouraged to take small steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
To help people get involved, we are creating a suite of resources which will be available on the diocesan website at: www.bathandwells.org.uk/Living-Well-Lent-2019. These will include the opportunity to sign up for regular emails for a small dose of inspiration direct to your inbox – a short reflection, prayer and ideas for practical action.
We look forward to joining with you to explore how we can live well in God’s world in Lent and beyond.
Hillfarrance Church is looking for volunteers to clean the church Because of people moving away, we are down to two people! If you would be prepared to be on a rota to do a bit of dusting and vacuuming once a month (or less if we get lots of volunteers!) please contact Marcia on 461245.
Why is Easter so late this year? I’ve been asked on numerous occasions already this year. I find myself explaining that it is to do with the way Passover is calculated and that in turn brings astonishment because people don’t connect Jesus with Judaism and the Last Supper being the Passover meal. But facts apart, on reflection I think people are asking the question not because they want a factual answer but because somehow Easter, in the back of peoples’ minds, is associated with hope and new life, the beginning of warmth and the end of early darkness.
I’ve never been a great lover of January and February with low dark skies and not so many hours of sunshine – some people actual suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. It seems to me that when negative things happen during these months feelings of despair and loneliness can be multiplied. Often this can be further hampered by the season of Lent as we give up things which can be a comfort to us – so, being positive, at least this year Lent falls in March!
So, what can we do when the skies are grey and the sun seems to have left us and it’s cold? Here are my tips! When you can’t leave the house, dust off your Bible and read a Gospel from beginning to end. When you turn the lights on as it gets dark, pray for those who truly are living in darkness. Invite someone to come with you to craft group, bereavement café, baby or toddler group at St Luke’s Centre. Can you continue the list?
It’s another 11 weeks until Easter… so let’s lighten peoples’ lives as we travel towards that great festival of hope, and in lightening others I pray we might find a bit of light ourselves.