Lent

This year, we are supporting the national church's #LiveLent God's Story, Our Story campaign.

It is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele, published by SPCK.

Both the book and the accompanying daily reflections encourage all Christians to think about their calling, how to share their faith, and to reflect on the difference Christ makes in our lives.  

Daily reflections are available through a booklet available to buy from Church House Publishing, as well as a free app, emails, audio and through the Church of England’s social media accounts.

To find out more about the national campaign, and a series of webinars available to help churches use the material click here.

 

How will the Diocese be supporting the campaign?

Weekly Reflections

To complement the national material, we are sharing a set of filmed reflections by members of the senior leadership team.

Each one picks up on a theme outlined in the Archbishop's Lent book. 

  • Ash Wednesday -  The greatest story of all time (Evangelism is rooted in the resurrection) Download here / View here
  • Week 1 - Catching up with God (responding to God's initiative in evangelism) Download here / View here
  • Week 2 Jesus was in the transformation business (How personal stories can authenticate the gospel for others) Download here / View here
  • Week 3 Communicate like Jesus did (Learning how to have life-transforming conversations) Download here / View here
  • Week 4 Passing on the story of Jesus (How the spirit guides us as we speak) Download here / View here
  • Week 5 Finding echoes of the story of Jesus in our world today (Building a bridge to the good new through books and films) Download here / View here
  • Week 6 Stories of finding Jesus (Understanding the different ways people come to faith) Download here / View here)

 

Sharing personal stories of faith

Everyone has a story to share about their relationship with Jesus. Some are dramatic, some are a quiet, gradual experience over time. You may feel your own story is quite ordinary, but each one is unique and worth sharing.

Look out for a series of short personal stories that we'll be sharing across our social media throughout Lent, as people tell us about the difference knowing Jesus has made in their lives.

If you have story you would be willing to share email: communications@rochester.anglican.org

 

More resources

If you're looking for more resources to help support you and your church through Lent, and on into Holy Week and Easter see some suggestions below:

  • Women in the Shadows - Women in the Shadows is a new course for Lent from the Clewer Initiative. It's been created to help shine a light on the suffering of marginalised women. The course focuses on the different ways women and girls are exploited in the UK today; Bishop Simon has contributed a session. Find out more here
  • Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land Friends of the Holy Land  is pleased to present a unique spiritual prayer resource for Lent and Easter. Fifteen Holy Land Christians - drawn from across the main denominations - are brought together in an original way with poems by Fr Richard Nesbitt, a Catholic priest in an inner-city London parish, written during Holy Week in the first lockdown of 2020. Find them here
  • Church Covid Lent, Holy Week & Easter Facebook Group - Christian leaders of worship and churches are invited to collaborate in this group by sharing ideas and resources for Lent, Holy Week, Easter and into Pentecost. Ask to join here
  • Lent and Easter resources from the Diocesan Children and Young People Team - A collection of all age resources and ideas for Lent and Easter. View them here (Download as a PDFhere).
  • CPO Lent and Easter - Christian printers and designers, CPO have a range of materials to suit both digital and printed outreach, and a range of budgets. Visit https://www.cpo.org.uk/

 




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