Ash Wednesday on February 14 marks the start of Lent, and this year a new set of resources are available online for individuals and church groups.
Lent 2018 - A Holy Lent of Loving, Living and Learning is a four page leaflet produced by our bishops. In this simple leaflet there is a prayer to be used each day, and thoughts on living out the diocesan values statement. Please download and print it off (as many copies as you like) for use indvidually, in groups and churches. Each of the bishops will be leading a time of prayer at one of our cathedrals or greater churches each Saturday of Lent, and the leaflet includes the times and places. Download it here. Copies are also available for churches. More here.
#LiveLent – Let your light shine from the Church of England is a Lent journey through the Gospel of John, offering a short daily reading, a pause for reflection and prayer and a challenge to act. It is written in simple and accessible language by John Kiddle and includes a welcome from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. The material is available on line, with Apps for Android and iOS (available late January).
A weekly 5-session Lent course that can be run in conjunction or separately to the daily Let your light shine material will also be available as part a range of downloadable materials to support parishes. Everything is available at www.churchofengland.org/lent.
#LiveLent: Let Your Light Shine (112pp, full colour) books will be available at £2.99 each, with bulk discounts for parishes.
York Courses – On the Third Day is a brand new 5-session ecumenical course for discussion groups – ideal for Lent. Written by the former Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard who is now an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Leeds, it includes a course booklet, audio and transcript. Full details at www.yorkcourses.co.uk
Lent 2018 Bible Reflections: Giving Thanks
Produced by charity 'Send a Cow' read about stories of transformation and thanksgiving by downloading the free resources for Lent.
The reflections can be used by individuals or groups.