Lent Summary – 2017

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Mar 012017

Lent Summary – 2017

There are two main aspects to St Luke’s approach to Lent this year.

Lent Sessions

Each Wednesday in Lent we will be meeting together in church. After our traditional Ash Wednesday Communion Service on 1st March our sessions will build on the Natural Evangelism Course we have been studying on Sunday mornings, as we prepare for the J.John “JustOne” event at the Emirates Stadium on 8th July. Using material called “Reach – The Challenge” we will pray and consider what practical steps we can take to reach our neighbours, family, work colleagues and friends with the Good News of Christ.

The Lent series “The Reach Challenge”, will be:

Date Title Readings
1/3/17 Ash Wednesday Communion Joel 2:1-2,12-17 & Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
8/3/17 1. Ready Your Life 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 & Ephesians 6:10-20
15/3/17 2. Engage Through Kindness Colossians l 3:12-17 & Matthew 9:35-38
22/3/17 3. Advance to Relationship Matthew 22:34-40 & 1 Corinthians 13
29/3/17 4. Connect to Community Colossians 4:2-6 & John 3:14-21
5/4/17 5. Hope In Jesus Romans 5:1-8 & Matthew 25:31-46

Practical Demonstrations of Love

As well as a time of reflection and study Lent is also about Christian service. During Lent our Partners In Mission Group have prepared opportunities for us to work alongside some Christian organisations and groups in our local community. These ‘taster’ sessions could be for a life group to do together, or for individuals to sign up for themselves or in small groups. Sessions are spread across the week, daytimes and evenings, and with different organisations (including: YMCA, Local Council, Street Angels, Foodbank, New Hope, Watford Schools Trust). The aim of the taster sessions is to:

  1. Encourage us to show an outward demonstration of Christ’s love
  2. Inform our prayers for these groups and organisations
  3. Potential give us a passion for this ministry and a desire to volunteer regularly.

Please sign up using the sheets in the Gathering Area at church and pray that you will be challenged, inspired, and have fun, while serving Christ and the people in our community.

I pray that this Lent we will see an outpouring of Christian love in this community, and more people coming to know Christ as Lord.

Rev’d Canon Dave Middlebrook

St Luke’s News – March 2017

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March 2017

Being Angry – Dave Middlebrook introduces this topic and asks what scripture says about it.

News and pictures from the recent Confirmation Service, CAMEO breakfast and Faith Pictures course.

Look out for upcoming events – Lent Labyrinth and pancakes on Shrove Tuesday; Ash Wednesday and the Lent Course and what about coming to the Peace of Cake coffee morning?

Dave Middlebrook talks about Faithful Presence and how to do this purposefully.

On The Road To … Steve Bolton asks who do you want to see have an encounter with Christ?

And with Easter not far away – are we choosing the right chocolate eggs?

Shrove Tuesday at St Luke’s

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Feb 102017

Lent Prayer Labyrinth

An interactive place of meditation to help prepare people of all ages for our time of Lent.

Tuesday 28th February In the Church

Stop by at anytime between 4.30pm and 8.00pm for the labyrinth

6.00pm —7.30pm

Enjoy a pancake with delicious Fairtrade toppings!

Watch the youth play benchball with the Bishop!


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