We’ve just started Lent, the time of reflection observed by Christians around the world in the run up to Easter. For the next 40 days, following the example of Jesus spending 40 days and 40 nights fasting in the wilderness, people will be giving things up or taking things up. You can read about the time Jesus spent in the wilderness in Matthew 4:1 – 11.

During Lent, some people fast, give up treats like chocolate or time spent on their smart phones. Some take up things like volunteering, meditative prayer, exercise or Bible study. All these actions are supposed to give us a chance to step back from our every day lives and reflect on Jesus’ life as we prepare for the events of Easter. You can read more about Lent on the Church of England website.

This year, as a church, we’re going to be reading Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human by John Mark Comer. This book considers God’s creation and how he intends us to spend our time across work, rest and play. We’re hoping that by reflecting on our lives and our callings this Lent, we will come to Easter better ready to serve God in all aspects of our lives.

If you’re feeling called to take something up this Lent, why not join us at one of our prayer services, or talk to Will about small groups near you?