Lent preparations began with pancakes and races after the Friday morning service on Friday 13th February and more than twenty people came together for Lent pot painting on Saturday, both adults and children. The pots are taken by individuals and families to collect money through Lent for the work of the Ecumenical Conference of Charity, the social concern arm of the churches ecumenically in Bahrain, responding to the needs of both Bahrainis and expatriates.
The booklet Love Life Live Lent was made available – both the adult/youth version and the kids’ version. Each day an activity is encouraged in order that “we might be the change you want to see in the world.”(Mahatma Gandhi). As Archbishop John Sentamu writes in his foreword: “Why not use this Lent and this little book to catch a glimpse of what is possible when we take a risk of grace.”
We had an encouraging turnout for the Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes and Jon in his sermon encouraged us to think of the occasion as if attending our own funeral.
During Lent groups will be following either our Diocesan course Soul Spark, a course exploring spirituality and spiritual growth through prayer, reflection and sharing, or a course on prayer using the Lord’s Prayer as a springboard.