Lent Courses

We are signposting a number of courses this year, the first three of which are being run over Zoom and so can be joined by anyone in the diocese.

Living His Story 

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book for 2021 is “Living His Story: Sharing the extraordinary love of God in ordinary ways’ by Hannah Steele (SPCK).  

In it, Hannah Steele uncovers liberating and practical ways of sharing the gospel story afresh, showing us how we can live Jesus’ story in our own lives simply by being the people God made us and allowing people to be drawn to him through our natural gifts.

Living His Story is a Lent devotional that will change the way you think about evangelism, show how ideally suited it is for the world we live in and fill you with confidence in sharing God’s love with the people around you.

Set out in six sessions to take you through Lent, each chapter of the 2021 Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book can be used as a single study for individuals or small groups to prepare for Easter. You should be able to buy the book for £7.99, postage free, on a variety of web sites. Bulk deals can be ordered through The Big Church Read 

You might want to do this as a parish or wider group but we are offering you the chance of being part of something bigger across the Diocese. Or perhaps you are an individual who wants to do this course with others and there is no one immediately locally to do so.  With Zoom this is no longer a problem!

Videos, notes and questions are provided for each week. If you are interested in joining the diocesan course, as a parish or individual please let Richard Steel know and he will make sure you get all the additional information once it is available.

The structure of the evenings will include:

  • Watching the short video
  • Input on main themes
  • Breakout into Rooms (parish-based plus one or more for individual participants)
  • Story sharing opportunity
  • Plenary

Here are the Zoom details:

Lent Course - Living His Story

Time: Begins Tuesday 23rd February (7 pm – 8.30pm) and runs through to the 30th March.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88939535086?pwd=YTdJR0RSUGVaVmVpelJIamN2cjZadz09

Meeting ID: 889 3953 5086

Passcode: 342950

There is an accompanying personal booklet - LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story - which includes a short Bible passage, a reflection and a prayer. invites each of us to reflect on our own story of God and how we might share it through our everyday lives as part of our Christian witness. This could be used as part of the course, or used by individuals independently as a personal devotion through Lent.

These resources encourage us to take a fresh look at evangelism, exploring how Jesus and his first followers communicated the good news of God's love by inviting, listening and responding creatively to others.

Women in the Shadows

This is a new course for Lent, created by the Clewer Initiative to help shine a light on the suffering of marginalised women. The course focuses on the different ways women and girls are exploited in the UK today.

Beginning on Wednesday 24th February for five consecutive weeks the Dean will be running this Wednesday evening Lent Course at 7pm online via Microsoft Teams,

The course comprises of five short films and a devotional booklet. The films include haunting survivor stories, with insightful contributions from front line experts and campaigners.

The devotional booklet was written by colleagues in the Clewer network who are all deeply committed to combating modern slavery in their dioceses. Through Bible study, reflections and prayer, we will explore what the Bible says about social injustice, exploitation, and God’s heart for the poor. The devotional will also encourage you to reflect on how we can take action to help vulnerable women in our communities.

The films can be watched as standalone documentaries or as part of the complete course

If you are interested in joining this course, please contact the Dean with an expression of interest

 

Worship in the Wilderness - the desert experience 

As we approach Lent we are living through perhaps the most difficult time that we can remember. Some people have found that their faith has been tested, others have found that more time at home has helped them to develop their spiritual life, and some have felt themselves to be far from God. This course, with its the theme of worship in the wilderness, is designed to explore these themes.

The past year has, for many, felt like a wilderness. Simplicity, sacrifice and sorrow may have become daily realities, yet the Bible is full of characters who have transformational encounters with God in the desert. Over the course of Lent, you will study these, and think about our own “desert experience”.

All the materials you need for the course are obtained from the Engage Worship web site, so you can run it yourself - but the Mission Team of the Diocese of Lincoln will be offering  a course led on Zoom by Rev. Andrew Roberts, Rector of then Fen and Hill Group of Parishes, every Wednesday afternoon during Lent, at 2pm. Each session will last 1½ hours.  If you would like to register for this course, please e-mail Andrew by 10th February .

 And for a Lent course focused on creation and our treatment of the environment:

USPG Lent 2021 – For such a time as this

This is a free six-week course, developed for use this Lent, but can be used at other times of year.

 The world is in crisis; Creation is groaning. People and the Earth have been crying out for many years. But for too long, many people - particularly those in the global North - have chosen not to listen, instead remaining complicit in destruction and continuing to increase inequalities.

 In such a time as this, what have Christians got to offer? As the UK prepares for COP 26 in November 2021, how do we as part of the global church, respond to issues of justice and environment? 

Free to download from USPG

 

Some resources for Easter

Share Easter

This is an initiative of evangelist J John and includes free material by him and others including:

The Easter Story animation for children and families

Hymns and songs sung by Darlene Zschech Graham Kendrick Sheila Walsh Noel Robinson Mhairi MacBean and Nicki Rogers.

Seven Words from the Cross: reflections for use during Holy Week or for a Good Friday service.

An Easter Day sermon.

Articles on Lent.

Register your interest at https://canonjjohn.com/share-easter/ 

Other Courses

The Character Course

The Character Course, is an 8-week small group programme for churches with a psychological twist. Developed by Dr Roger Bretherton from the University of Lincoln, it brings together the most up-to-date psychology with ancient biblical wisdom. It covers key themes of Christian discipleship: learning, hope, love, forgiveness, gratitude, humour, persistence and curiosity.  

 

The website has everything you need to run it: videos, leader notes, scripts and handouts. All free to download. It’s designed for small groups, but you can complete it however you like: alone or in a group, live or online. 

Faith at Home

This is a new national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.  “The Growing Faith Adventure is a call for the renewal of hearts and minds so that it becomes second nature to include and value children, young people and households in every aspect of church life for the lifelong formation of faith in the whole of life.”

If you are a parent, a church leader, or work in a school there are resources for you.

Wellbeing

When you can meet physically again you might like to make a note of Table Talk for Wellbeing - the latest release in the Table Talk range from The Ugly Ducking Company

This card-based game to encourage discussion is based on the '5 Ways to Wellbeing', a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing.  Each of the themes in this pack is based around one of these five areas.  The sixth set uses pictures to depict different emotions, to help people talk about how they are feeling. It is available for pre-order now.   

We also have other Table Talk games in the diocesan Resource Room. Please contact Marie Isaac if you want to know more