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Cafe Service Lent Challenge

Posted on Tuesday February 17th, 2015, by iain | No Comments
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At our February Cafe Service we were looking at challenging ourselves in Lent, and as a community created our own Lent Challenge

Below is the list of actions/tasks that we came up with – if you want to take up this challenge, there is no specific order to things, so you make an order to suit yourself.

1. Offer to babysit for someone so they can have some time to themselves
2. Spend a few minutes in prayer each morning for those in need
3. Get in touch with someone with whom you have lost touch – letter, phone call, email
4. Invite someone over for dinner/evening meal/lunch/coffee
5. Visit someone who is unwell/in hospital – or send a card/gift
6. Buy a coffee for a stranger in the queue behind you / make coffee/tea for your work colleagues
7. Join a lent group
8. Help a neighbor with putting out their wheelie bin (or taking it back in!)
9. Sort out clothes and /or items and donate them to charity – or donate your time!!
10. Set aside time to read a verse form the Bible every day
11. Do your homework or a chore without complaining
12. Do something to help the environment locally – a 2 minute litter pick up in your street, put out food and water for birds
13. Help an elderly neighbor – pick up some shopping for them, help in teir garden, or just visit for a chat!
14. Send a thank you letter to someone who has helped you
15. Buy or make cakes for work colleagues/team mates/friends (eg Brownies or Scouts)
16. Offer to help a teacher at school with a task, or a work colleague or a friend
17. Give thanks and pray or the free education we have in this country
18. Get to know someone at church/work/school/a club who you have never spoken to before
19. Give up something on a Thursday (Fasting Fursdays) – a game on your phone/Facebook/biscuits/the TV – and spend some time reflecting on what Lent means to you
20. Pay a compliment to someone (a friend or a stranger!)
21. Include some extra items in your weekly shop and donate them to the Food Bank
22. Invite someone along to Café church
23. Make time to listen to others
24. Swap an evening meal for soup one night of the week and consider those less fortunate
25. Go for a walk and consider God’s world around us
26. Leave a thank you note to someone who provides a service to you – the postman, lollipop lady, someone who serves you in a shop regularly…
27. Share a Bible verse with someone
28. Make time to have a proper conversation with someone without any distractions.
29. Swap at least one of your regular weekly shopping items to a fairtrade or ethically sourced variety
30. Thank God for your talents and skills – how can you use them to help others and be generous?
31. Write a letter to someone overseas – a missionary, friends, family member or someone in need (Find out more from Amnesty International or Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
32. Set aside your loose change/pocket money every day/week in Lent and give to a charity or organization
33. Buy some wildflower seeds and sow them in a barren space or in your garden to encourage insects
34. Turn off your electronic stuff – TV, mobile, computer, tablet – and spend time with your family/household playing board games
35. Let it go – when in a queue let the person behind you go in front…
36. Give someone a lift who normally takes the bus to work/a group – even if it’s out of your way
37. Find out what’s happening in your area locally (read the local newspaper) and pray for situations that touch you – you could do this worldwide/nationally too)
38. Find out what needs doing at your church and offer your time or skills to help
39. Give thanks for our free healthcare and pray for those who work in this profession and for those around the world who are not so fortunate
40. Give thanks for others you care for and for those people who you struggle with or find difficult

Time to reflect during Lent

Posted on Sunday February 17th, 2013, by Matt | No Comments
Posted in General, Lent and Easter

There will be plenty of space for contemplating and listening to God at the church during Lent this year.

Between now and Easter Day the church will be open every Thursday from 10am  for an hour if you need a place for quiet personal reflection. There will be no led prayer meeting or set liturgy to follow. No person you have to talk with or preacher to listen to. Just stillness and time in a busy world to think clearly and be who you are before God.

If you like the idea of sharing your Lenten journey with other Christians then you are welcome to join the Churches Together in St Ives Lent course being hosted at All Saints Parish Church every Monday from 11am. They will be following the well known York Course with each week being led by a different leader from one of the churches in the town. Lunch is provided after each session for you stay and enjoy.

If this is not for you but you still want something help you think more deeply then why not check out the resource at YouVersion. There are daily Lent reflections as well as other Bible reading plans. You can visit the website everyday to read them or have them delivered direct to your computer inbox.

And finally, over the weekend of  22nd to 24th March we will be having a 24/7 Prayer room as come together as a church for a time of prayer together. We have previously held them in the church and they have been an amazing time for people who have been involved. Watch out for more information on this over the next few weeks on how to sign up for your hour slot.

Of course as well as these things happening there are all the usual weekly activities that you are welcome to join us for.