The Lent courses will start at 7pm on Wed 13th March at Didsbury Baptist Church and run for 5 weeks. There will also be similar courses starting at 2pm at The Rectory, Christ Church, Darley Ave, West Didsbury.
The groups will be using the film “The King’s Speech” as the basis for discussion, also Hilary Brand’s book “Finding A Voice“.
The groups are very informal and not heavy-going to do go along to one of them if you are able. If you can’t make all the weeks you are still welcome to attend.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. This year it is 6 March. Lent is a time for self-examination. It’s a sort of spiritual spring cleaning. It is preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Lent is associated with the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness (Matt.4.1-11; Luke 4.1-13).
Many people mark the beginning of Lent by attending a service on Ash Wednesday when they have their foreheads marked with ash. During Lent they abstain from alcohol and from eating meat or they substitute fish especially on the Fridays of Lent.
People usually think of giving up something for Lent, but some think more of what they can take on, like doing more to help others or increasing the money we give to some good cause. Lent is not just about denying oneself something but doing it for the sake of others. That is what the prophet Isaiah encourages us to do. What’s the point of praying and fasting, Isaiah says, if this has no effect on the way we live. ‘Is not this the fast I choose .. to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless into your home’ (Isaiah. 58.6-7 ). This concern for others is expressed in the keynote message from Isaiah in our Lord’s teaching, according to the gospel of Luke. ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor’ (4.18).
A good example of what I am saying is Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester and his concern for the homeless. He donates 15% of his salary to help eradicate rough sleeping in the city.
Lent is the time to take a good hard look at the way we live. It challenges us to cut out all extravagance and waste, all selfish preoccupation. It encourages us help those in need.
God’s word in Isaiah, is emphatic:- ‘share your bread with the hungry. Bring the homeless into your home.’
So let us think not just of what we can give up for Lent but what we can take on.
Details of church events are found in the “Church Diary” and we hope you find the “Pastoral Articles” very interesting and thought-provoking.
The “Activities in Church” page also gives information about the various groups that use our church and details of who to contact if you wish to participate.
The church building is Grade 2 listed having some beautiful stained glass windows so we hope you will come to see them. More information can be found on the page “About us and the Church Building” together with photos of the windows.
Hope you enjoy looking at our website.
We hold a Cuppa Club each Monday morning (except for Bank Holidays) from 10:15am to noon in the church when young children together with parents, grandchildren and carers are most welcome. There is the opportunity for the children to let off steam by playing with the various toys available and do colouring or play-dough activities. This allows the adults to chill out and have a chat with a hot drink and cake or biscuits.
Refreshments are available at a small charge but there is no admission cost made for the activities. We hope to see you here. If you would like more information, please ring Lesley on (0161) 442 7983.