Lent is a very special time in the Christian calendar. We don't just give up chocolate! It is the time when we remember the 40 days the Jesus fasted in the desert It's a time for prayer and deepening our relationship with God. We are encouraged to look again at the bible in fresh ways and to spend time in studying the Word od God, going on a spiritual journey.
This year at Timperley Methodist church we have a number of options available to us. The main one is following a lent retreat from the Ignatian Sprituality Centre, Glasgow, Journey into Freedom. For 40 days through Lent starting on Wednesday 26th February there will be daily readings, prayers and meditations to follow. We will be publishing these each day on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/methodist1908 or you can join us as part of a FaceBook Group, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2554419124826413/ please feel free to join in with us online each day. If you want to see the original website where you can sign upi to recieve this by daily email, please go to https://www.iscglasgow.co.uk/lent2020.html
As well as this there are weekly sessions on Wednesday mornings (9:0-10:30) at Timperley Methodist Church, Wedensday evenings (7:30-9:00) at THe Vine, Hale, and Saturday mornings (10:30-12noon) at Altrincham Methodist Church. These group sessions are to support and encourage us and share what God is doing for us through this period of reflection. Of course these are not compulsory but it would be good to see as many as possible to share what God is doiing.
Other lent groups include the Timperley Churches Together group where we will be basing a study on the York Course written by David Wilbourne entitles 'Superstar'. Theses run for 5 fridays at Timperley Methodist Church from 12:20 - 1:30 with a simple Lent Lunch.
Then we have a Sunday evening (from 6:30) study based on the film The Greatest Showman, From Now On. Again part of Timperley Churches Together these will be held at Holy Cross Church oon Park Road starting on 1st March.
We hope you find a group and a form of 'study' that suits you. We'd love to hear from any who are taking partin this time as we move towards remembering the events of Holy Week and Easter.