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Lent Resources 2017

Live Lent

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 * a simple action for transforming yourself, your community and the world. Illustrated throughout with colour photography featuring Christian Aid's work around the world, this is the perfect pocket resources for anyone seeking to deepen their discipleship this Lent. It is undated and may be used in any year. Copies can be purchased from Church House Publishing, you can also order in bulk, all royalties go to Christian Aid.

Reflections for Lent

Reflections for Lent is designed to enhance your spiritual journey through the forty days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (1 March - 15 April 2017).

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.

Each day includes: * Full lectionary details for Morning Prayer * A reflection on one of the Bible readings * A Collect for the day

This volume offers daily material for 1 March to 15 April 2017, taken from the Reflections for Daily Prayer 2016/17 annual edition.

It is ideal for individuals and groups seeking Lectionary-based reflections for use during Lent and Holy Week, or for anyone wishing to try Reflections for Daily Prayer before committing to a year's worth of material.

It also features a simple form of morning and night prayer and a guide to keeping a good Lent.

Order your copy from Church House Publishing.

The Big Pancake Party 2017

All across this country there are families who struggle to put food on the table; children are going to school hungry and parents are skipping meals so that their kids can eat an evening meal.

Church Urban Fund want to continue their work to stop this and so they’re calling on churches, schools, families, and individuals throughout England to stand up to food poverty – and have some fun in the process!

On Shrove Tuesday, join the Big Pancake Party and raise money for the Together Network so that no one has to go hungry this spring.

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This Lent, join God’s love-inspired movement and let us embrace those on the margins in the Middle East.

The guide, written by Liz Baddaley has six inspiring sessions. Each contains a Bible study, prayer and information and are ideal to be used individually, as a small group or as a resource for including in church services each week.

The guide and supporting resources are available as free downloads or you can visit our online shop and buy printed study guides (just £1.50 each or £6 for six).

We hope you will be inspired this Lent by the guide and by reading about our work in the Middle East to take part in embracing those on the margins, through prayer and action.

Food for Thought - Free Lent Course 2017

These reflections from the Church Urban Fund are intended to be equally helpful for individuals working alone, or groups working together. Each week takes the Common Lectionary Sunday Readings as a jumping off point, and then moves to another piece of scripture.

Extract:

"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 and 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."

To read more, please download the full course from The Church Urban Fund website.

Lent Bible Reflections

This year Send a Cow has developed some Lent Bible reflections for use either individually or as a church. Each study is based on a story from one of our countries and has a Bible passage for you to discuss and reflect on. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about our work and we hope that you will be encouraged by these stories of success. To access all our free resources visit www.sendacow.org/lent

The Sweet Swap

Are you thinking of giving up something for Lent this year? Perhaps you and your congregation could give up sugar and help farmers in Africa leave poverty behind for good. Could you put your willpower to the test and get sponsored to help farmers in Africa make a healthy living from their land?

Raising £215 is enough to support an entire family of six for a year in Ethiopia. That’s just over £5 a day. To take on the challenge register now at – www.sendacow.org/Sweetswap

For further information email the team at sweetswap@sendacow.org or call 01225 871924

WaterAid Lent appeal 2017

This Lent, WaterAid is asking churches across the UK to support the Jars of Change appeal. Support from churches will help end the arduous journeys that communities in Madagascar, and around the world, face daily to collect water.

To take part in the appeal, congregations simply donate the money they save by giving something up for Lent. Their support will help bring clean water to children like 8-year-old Neny, from Tsarafangitra village in Madagascar which doesn’t currently have any access to safe water.

Neny faces making the long and difficult journey to collect water from a dirty pond up to four times a day. The 1.5km walk takes her along a busy, dusty main road and then down a very steep path which is almost impassable in the rainy season. The pond is a breeding ground for malarial mosquitos, it is surrounded by mud and ferns, the surface is thick with algae and leeches lurk in its murky depths. It is no wonder that Neny and the other children in Tsarafangitra village often suffer from diarrhoea.

To help churches take part in the appeal, WaterAid has created a range of resources, including Sunday School activities, a film, poster, presentation, fundraising tips and an all age talk. They’ve also provided special sleeves for collection jars, so congregations can use it to collect the money they save every time they forgo a treat this Lent.

If each member of the congregation could collect £5 in their Jars of Change it could pay for a tap so that children like Neny have access to clean, safe water close to their homes for many years to come.

To order your free resource pack and for more information about the appeal, please visit www.wateraid.org/lent

RECEIVING CHRIST in five different ways

5-session COURSE suitablefor LENT 2017 – or any season. An ecumenical course in five sessions for discussion groups & individuals comprising course booklet, CD and transcript booklet.

‘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 various different ways in which we receive Christ. John’s course booklet is supplemented by four leading Christians, from a variety of backgrounds, 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.

Five Sessions

  1. Receiving Christ: as children of God
  2. Receiving Christ: in the stranger and the needy
  3. Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion
  4. Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship
  5. ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1.27)

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What is Pilgrim?

Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.

Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.

Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.

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