Lent is a special time in the church calendar, signifying the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, fasting and praying before starting his ministry. Lent now falls in the run-up to Holy Week (Easter), and many people give up something, such as chocolate or TV, for 40 days, as a form of fasting or getting a new perspective on their priorities.
This year, Lent kicks off this Wednesday 10 February – the day known as Ash Wednesday. St Luke’s will be holding a Service of Ashing at 8pm. This moving ritual involves having a cross marked on your forehead with oil and ash (made from burning last year’s Palm Sunday crosses).
During Lent itself, there are several groups running at St Luke’s. Our vicar Dave will be running discussion groups at the vicarage on Thursday evenings, looking at various doctrinal themes – without the jargon. You might even find some of your thoughts appearing in his next book!
Associate vicar Martin will also be running a group in his home for discussion, sharing and prayer. Talk to Martin to find out more.
And our latest author at St Luke’s, theologian Meg Warner, will be running a series of discussions based on her new book, ‘Abraham: A Journey Through Lent’. This will be running on Monday evenings, at Meg’s home, close to Holborn. Speak to Meg for further details.
SPECIAL INVITATION: Meg’s book ‘Abraham: A Journey Through Lent’ will officially be launched this Friday 12 February, at King’s College Chapel at 6.30pm, and members and friends of St Luke’s are invited. This evening of Lenten reflection will include an art installation based on the Stations of the Cross. It’s free but you must reserve your ticket (which includes a glass of wine). Congratulations, Meg!