As we enter this time of lent, I pray you are keeping safe and cared for.
This is now our second season of lent during a pandemic. Lent is a time of reflection and preparation for the celebration of Easter. It marks the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness. As we contemplate our own wilderness, juggling all the responsibilities we have with the restrictions we are facing, I hope you are taking the time to re-treasure all that is important in your life and are counting your blessings.
If you have taken up our lent challenge and are trying to use FairTrade items where possible, I want to share with you my findings in our village. I had approached RS Fine chocolate to see if they offered any FairTrade chocolate. Rob and Jo have advised me that whilst their chocolate does not carry the FairTrade label, they have responsibly sourced their chocolate. They get all their chocolate from "Callebaut - one of the best Belgium chocolate suppliers - they are sustainable, work directly with the cocoa farmers and they pay a farmer premium to support local cocoa communities." The Coop and Tesco also sell a selection of Fairtrade goods.
Our Sunday services continue on YouTube and during Lent, we are also having a weekly reflection from various people - this will be available every Wednesday.
Churches Together in Ainsdale - Lent Safari Bible Study
This year’s Lent Safari will take place via Zoom, 2.30-3.30pm on Tuesday’s, starting on Tuesday 23rd February for five weeks. Each session is standalone so there is no problem if you miss a week.
We will be following the 2021 York Course for Lent, titled Caring for Creation which acknowledges that the human race is facing its greatest challenge: the threat to the environment and climate change. The course considers how faith in our Creator God should enable us to see what is actually happening.
SESSION 1 - Tue 23rd Feb: The Environment
SESSION 2 - Tue 2nd Mar: Global Warming and Climate Change
SESSION 3 - Tue 9th Mar: The Age of Humans – The Anthropocene Era
SESSION 4 - Tue 16th Mar: Coming out of Denial and Facing Crisis
SESSION 5 - Tue 23rd Mar: Faith, Hope and Love
Although not essential for joining the course, there is a course booklet that can be ordered online at https://www.yorkcourses.co.uk/product/caring-for-creation-course-booklet/ as a download or a hard copy. You can join service via the internet at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3010281513 or by phone on one of the following numbers (0203 481 5237, 0203 481 5240, 0203 901 7895, 0131 460 1196, 0203 051 2874). If phoning in, you will be asked for the Meeting ID - key in "3010281513#", it will then ask for your participant number and there isn't one so just press "#" again and wait a few moments to be admitted into the meeting.
Donations can be left in the church porch each Monday from 12 to 1pm.
Do let Jean know when it’s your birthday so we can send you a card. Jean Washbourne 07738 594022
Please keep Jane, our vicar in your prayers whilst she takes some time off to rest.
Do stay safe and be assured of my prayers, be kind to yourself and take each day one day at a time and rest awhile in God’s love.
give us reverence for all creation and respect for every person,
that we may mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
With love and blessings,