Lent – Prayer and Fasting

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  

2 Chronicles 7:14Open Link in New Window

As we grow as a church, we need to continue to deepen our dependence on God.  This Lent, we are inviting the whole church to commit to pray and fast for our places of work, church community, local communities, city and our world: to pray that we will corporately and individually, know God’s transforming power, presence and peace.

How this can happen?

  • Individual prayer—Take Lent as a time to particularly pray for your workplace, family, neighbours—whatever God guides you to pray for.  We will be producing weekly prayer cards that can be used during the Lent period. You may want to pray at home but the chapel will also be open every weekday morning from 7.30–10am.  Pop in and use this prayer space on your way to work or coming back from the school run!
  • Corporate prayer—It is important to pray individually, but Jesus was also specific that we should gather together to pray as well.
    Monday evenings (14th, 21st, 28th March and 11th April—4th April is the APCM) from 8–9pm in the chapel. We will pray for our church, communities, workplaces, city and beyond.  We will be gathering prayer requests from our local communities, mission partners, and further afield!  This is also an opportunity to spend time with God, be refreshed and receive prayer for yourself.
    Half Night of Prayer—Friday 8th April 7pm–midnight. Worship and prayer. An opportunity to gather for an extended amount of time and seek God’s face.  We will start in the chapel and move out into the worship space if necessary.   All are welcome to come and worship, pray and listen to God.   Doors will open at 7pm and come and go as you please.
  • Fasting—Fasting humbles us and has the potential to enable us to focus on God, placing him at the very centre of our attention.  If you are thinking of fasting, please pick up a leaflet which describes different ways to fast and outlines for whom, for medical reasons, fasting may not be appropriate.

Jeremiah 29:13-14Open Link in New Window

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you.

Art in Lent

There will be a midweek Lent group led by Tracey Wheeler, every Thursday 17th March–14th April. The starting point for each meeting will be a work of art, with space for thought, prayer and discussion. The subjects covered will be: Wilderness, Contemplation, Suffering, Doubt and Resurrection. Come for one or many sessions.

The Big Little Easter Story

This is a fun way of showing what the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter means for us. The challenge is to take a shoe box from the back of church (you could take one per family, or between a couple of friends, or on your own) and in it make something that represents what Easter means to you. You can use whatever materials you like and be as creative as you like, as long as it fits in the box! Full instructions are in the boxes. Then on Easter Saturday, we’ll have an Art exhibition, where we can all come and look at what we’ve done – and invite our friends to come and see too.

Biblefresh

As part of the biblefresh initiative, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible, Bristol Diocese is encouraging everyone to read through the Gospel of Matthew. This is roughly a chapter each working day. For an introduction, try Simon Taylor’s Matthew in an Hour at Redcliffe crypt.

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