Ministers message: Church gazette March 2019
As March arrives, we enter into the period of the Christian year we call lent, beginning to journey with Jesus and his followers towards Jesusâ€™ coming death and resurrection.
Through its history, lent has had a rich and varied array of meaning to individuals and to the church, including being a time of self-examination, strengthening of faith and deepening of discipleship.
Today, we often talk about giving something up for lent, but in recent years, I have found it much more rewarding to use lent as a time to take something up. So for 2019, I want to encourage you to think about how you might take something up during lent.
Perhaps youâ€™d like to commit to reading scripture and spending time in prayer each day. One way you can do this is through our â€˜journeying with Luke in lentâ€™ booklet. With our friends at Felpham Methodist Church, Iâ€™ve been putting together a booklet which will encourage us in our daily reading of scripture and prayer, using passages from Lukeâ€™s gospel as we journey with Jesus and his followers through lent to Jesusâ€™ triumphal entry, the cross and empty tomb. These will also be available at BRMC if youâ€™re interested.
Another way would be to join a study group. There are a number of lent study groups that Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District are co-ordinating (thereâ€™s info about them at the back of church). These can be great opportunities for meeting with and learning from Christians from other churches.
Through lent we are also running â€˜Rooting Faithâ€™ a course which Rev Tony and I will be running, exploring key aspects of faith and Methodism, and also explore what it means to be a â€˜memberâ€™ of the Methodist Church. Whether youâ€™ve been a Methodist all your life, or only recently, do come along and discover more with us. If youâ€™re interested in exploring membership, this is just right for you, do come along on Tuesday afternoons, and/or have a conversation with me. If youâ€™re interested, but daytime isnâ€™t good for you, please let me know, as we may run the course again in evenings if there is demand.
Thereâ€™s lots more ways you can engage with lent this year. As ever, do feel free to get in touch if youâ€™d like some help in thinking about how you can deepen your discipleship and strengthen your faith.
In Christ, Rev Dan