Are you having a ‘good Lent’? That might seem a rather strange question, when we have been working hard at giving up something, or even engaging in some extra reading.
#LiveLent is a Church of England initiative that invites us in the course of our busy lives to Pause, Pray and Witness – exploring what ‘witness’ really means. In their introduction, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York remind us that “Jesus is not the only one called the light of the world …. He himself turns to his followers and says, ‘You are the light of the world… so let your light shine.’ To witness is to let your light shine … to bring his light to others.” This is what witness is – and that is what our Lent Lunches are! Why not join us? There is no talk or address, just lots of chatter as friendships are rekindled. They take place on Tuesdays from 12noon until 2pm alternating between Markbeech and Hever Village Halls – all you need to do is let me or a Church Warden know so that we can make sure there is enough soup in the pot! There is no charge – and we can arrange a lift if you would like. The success of the first lunch has been such that I wonder whether there is scope for a monthly Benefice Lunch Club. Do let me or your Wardens know if you think it would be a good idea.
Easter will arrive as March comes to an end, and it reminds me that in times past, Lent was used as a time of preparation for Baptism and Confirmation, with the service taking place as part of the Easter liturgy. It doesn’t always work quite like that today, and I am delighted that here in the Benefice there are some Baptisms planned for April as part of the Easter season. But it started me thinking ….. It is some years now since we last prepared a group of people for Confirmation. There are a couple of 2018 Confirmation dates for our Deanery in July and October, and it would be lovely to present some candidates from our Benefice. Generally, Confirmation is for those aged over 11 years. So, if you have been thinking about Confirmation, or would like to explore what it means, please contact me so that we can talk about what it means to take this step.
May the faith you confirm
Be your key
To open the doors to….
Hope, joy, love, and peace.
Guard it well and keep it close.
This precious key will set you free
And always guide you HOME.
(Adapted from of a prayer written by Annabel Cruz for her God Daughter at her Confirmation)
And looking forward to Easter, I look forward to welcoming you whenever you can join us. So much is planned – and if you’re an early riser, come at 6am on Easter morning at Hever, when we greet the first light and go on to enjoy breakfast together.