Put a smile on your pancake – and change the world one daily action at a time

PancakeThis Shrove Tuesday (12 February) tens of thousands of people all over the country are getting ready to make the world a better place, one daily action at a time, by making special smiley pancakes - the first activity in the Love Life Live Lent: Be the Change! booklets, available in two versions for adults and children from Church House Publishing, at http://www.chpublishing.co.uk/livelent.
They are following the lead of the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who reflected on how everywhere Jesus went, “there was always prayer, there were always parties”, at Love Life Live Lent’s official launch at the Houses of Parliament on 17th January.
Bishops are joining in the fun around the country. The Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft is helping to serve pancakes to the clients of the Sheffield Cathedral Archer Project at an early morning pancake party outside the Cathedral at 8.15am. He said: “Put a smile on your pancake this year and make the world a better place one action at a time. Then encourage one another by tweeting your pictures and stories using the #livelent tag.”
A pancake recipe is available at www.livelent.net, featuring alongside a new prayer for churches and personal use:
God of life and love,
you bless us every day:
may all the things we say and do
be a blessing to ourselves and others,
sharing your love
and changing the world,
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Other daily Love Life Live Lent: Be the Change! activities being performed around the country between now and Easter include:

Adults' Version:
• Keep in touch more: Phone someone you love but haven't seen for a while (2 March)
• Slow down: Take longer over breakfast and really taste your cornflakes (or whatever else you have!) (14 March)
• Do something different: Outside of work, have a screen-free day and do something different (1 March)
Kids' Version:
• Be aware of others: Make a list of up to five people you have met today, and then pray for them (22 March)
• Be more giving: Get a jar and put your small change into it each day. At the end of Lent give it to a charity (14th March)
• Say sorry: Think about something you have done wrong and say sorry for it (13 March)
Footage from the launch along with examples of daily actions from the booklets is available in a new introductory video, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOwnI2pQPMc.
Examples of pancake parties and races around the country
The young trainee choristers of Salisbury Cathedral Choir have a special way of learning about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. They are invited to a fun breakfast party by Canon Precentor Tom Clammer where they enjoy cooking, tossing and eating delicious pancakes before helping burn last year’s Palm Sunday crosses to make the ash used in the Ash Wednesday services at the cathedral. For more details see http://www.salcath.co.uk/news.php?id=717.
Since 2005 Norwich Cathedral has held annual pancake races. There are usually around a dozen races. All the choristers plus choral scholars race and there are also races for the Chapter, staff, RAF Marham and the public. It usually lasts around half an hour and then who have raced have a pancake in Prior’s Hall at the Deanery. RAF Marham send a catering team and supply all the pans and pancakes for racing and eating. For more details call 01603 218300.
On Monday 11 February Leeds Minster hosted Shrove-tide Pancake Races between 1.45pm and 3pm in the Southern Precincts. Taking part were pupils from St Peter's Church of England Primary School, Choristers from the famous Choir of Leeds Parish Church and children from the parish church’s Junior Church and Sunday School. Cooking the Pancakes this year were undergraduate and postgraduate music students from the University of Leeds, who are members of St Peter’s Singers. For more details call 07860 293 591.

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