Wednesdays in Lent
Wednesday 1st March marks the beginning of Lent, the season leading up to Easter that gives us the opportunity to deepen our discipleship to Jesus, as we search the depths of our sin and experience the heights of God's love. We will have an Ash Wednesday service on March 1st at 7 p.m., then the following week (8th March) we'll begin a six week gathering at the church with four adult courses on offer:
- Psalms: Soul Songs - How often do you get the tune of a mindless song stuck in your head? It’s one way that we can end up thinking and wanting things just like the world around us. So God has given us a collection of songs that can help us re-tune our hearts to what he thinks and wants instead. You may feel as if your soul is downcast or sick — troubled by worry, sin, suffering, fear or guilt. David, the Israelite king who wrote many of these songs, tells us that the Word of God revives the soul — it’s powerful stuff! In these psalms you will find medicine for your soul. Learn to fear God instead of others, to trust Him in difficult times and to sing a new song to the God who saves. This class will be led by Darcie Ward and Liz Lawson.
- Christian Caregiving – A Way of Life - This is a course developed by Stephen Ministries, but you do not have to be a Stephen Minister to participate. In this course, you will learn how to care for and relate to others in distinctively Christian ways, including how to talk about faith, pray with others, share a Bible passage, and comfort a friend. Class content includes both discussion questions and experiential learning exercises. This class will be led by Pat Caplan.
- Echoes of the Reformation - It has been five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s theses called for the reform of the church and served as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. This course examines the five core truths that came from the Reformation, now referred to as the solas: Sola Scriptura, Sola gratia, Sola fide, Solus Christus, Soli Deo gloria. Participants will explore these essential convictions of the faith and emerge more immersed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. This class will be led by Paul Bonnett.
- Christianity Explored - This course takes participants through the gospel of Mark in order that they might discover who Jesus is, what he did for us, and what difference that should make to our lives. Each session involves a short talk followed by discussion and the opportunity to ask any questions. While there is still a CE course going on now, a number of people have indicated a desire to invite friends to the next course, so we’re starting a new one immediately on the heels of the current one. This class will be led by Andrew Smith.
To select which course you plan to attend: http://doodle.com/poll/vn9g2va7qg4ga7bw
Hale and Darcie Ward have very kindly agreed again to coordinate the meal part of the evening. As we did last year, we’ll be working through the community groups for various components of the meal each week. If you’re not in a community group, but would like to help provide food or beverages, please contact Angela (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Darcie (email@example.com).
We very much hope that families will attend Wednesdays in Lent – we plan to provide a children’s program/childcare for any families bringing their children.
The evenings will begin at 6 p.m. with a pot luck dinner. At 6.45 p.m. we'll move into our study sessions, then come together at 7.45 p.m. for closing worship. We'll be done by 8 p.m. each night.