Summary of Services over Lent
During Lent (starting Wednesday 2 March)
‘Known & Loved’ ecumenical Lent study groups (7.30pm on Mondays starting 28 February, or 10am or 7.30pm on Wednesdays starting 2 March)
Lent liturgy at the start of services
Breakfast Church (9am on 6 March and 3 April)
Praise Before Lunch (12pm on Thursday 10 March, led by Valerie)
Messy Church (Wednesday 13 April)
Palm Sunday (Sunday 10 April)
Café Church (3pm, led by Naomi)
Maundy Thursday (Thursday 14 April)
Meal (6pm, prepared by Gwen)
Act of worship (7.30pm, led by Naomi)
Good Friday (Friday 15 April)
Reflective service (9.30am, led by Monica)
Walk of witness (11am, starting at St Thomas More Roman Catholic Church)
Easter Day (Sunday 17 April)
Service (10am) followed by Easter egg hunt
Cover cross in flowers
Lent Bible study groups
Last week, I mentioned the various opportunities available this year to take part in a Lent Bible study group. Our 'Known & Loved' Bible study groups (with friends from Larkfield Community Church and other churches in our local area) will be meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays during Lent. If you'd like to be part of a group and haven't already let us know, please contact Naomi or Valerie or check out our CTiM page.
This is an exciting opportunity to get to grips with some interesting material, to meet friends from our sister churches in the Malling area, and to be involved in plans for our Mission Week in May/June.
If you can't make it to an ecumenical group - or if you'd like to do both! - you'd be most welcome to join us for the circuit's Lent Bible study course on Tuesdays via Zoom, entitled 'Becoming Church.'
The Zoom link is below, together with a poster with the dates and the names of those leading each session (you'll see Naomi is leading the session on 5 April, and that Robin, Robert, Bart and Tony will be leading the first four). The first session begins at 7pm on Tuesday 8 March. I hope you can join us!
Join Zoom meeting https://zoom.us/j/92939643962?pwd=K2xDU0MzQzNTdVF1cUdlOHBjczNDZz09
Meeting ID 929 3964 3962
Alternative Lent group - A message from Bonni-Belle
Bonni-Belle says: "I'm looking for a small group of North Kent Methodists willing to be challenged in their theology and practice during Lent. This challenge will come in the form of a ‘book club’ to read and discuss Rev Tyler Sit’s recent book, ‘Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers’. Rev Sit is a Methodist minister, church planter, and social activist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a second-generation Chinese American and identifies as queer. He uses Jesus’ term ‘Staying Awake’ to refer to finding the resources to persevere in the long challenge of confronting and changing systematic injustice in the world. This book is not for those complacent with their current understanding of Christianity and the Gospel message. Though written in an engaging and readable style, the content of the book often challenges with perspectives from marginalized groups. If you’re willing to be stretched, this book – and this Lent study – might be for you. I intend to offer this Lent Challenge on Sunday afternoons beginning on 6 March and continuing for 6 weeks through Palm Sunday. It will probably be offered virtually, though there is a possibility for meeting in person. Group members will need to purchase the book (which I can make available at £12.50) and agree to read up to 40 pages before each session. At this point, I anticipate the number of participants will be limited to 12 to allow effective interaction and discussion. If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org"
Knitters at Victoria Methodist Church in Bristol are holding their third Lent knitalong this year and would warmly welcome knitters from all over the country (and beyond!) to join them. The knitalong will take the format of weekly emails throughout Lent, consisting of a set of daily knitting instructions (or 'clues') and specially written meditations for each day. By the end of the knitalong, each knitter will have completed a cushion cover. The design of the cushion cover is a surprise but will only use simple knit and purl stitches, so should be achievable by knitters of all abilities. For further details, or to sign up, contact Lyn Lloyd-Jones at email@example.com.