8 Mar 2019 • From the Minister
If you’d been at Perry Hall Methodist Church on Tuesday 5th March, you would have heard much laughter as pancakes were tossed; you would have seen different age groups working together as they ‘tossed pancakes’ to find the pairs; and you would have smelt and tasted delicious pancakes as we joined with Great Barr Messy Church to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday is the third day of Shrovetide when traditionally Christians party and feast to use up all the good food in the house before Lent begins. Lent is a time when Christians remember Jesus spending forty days in the wilderness without food and water; where he was tempted and tested before beginning his preaching and teaching ministry.
During this period before the joy and celebration of Easter, Christians focus on repentance (saying sorry for the things they feel they need to change) and they focus more on their commitment to God.
Throughout this focused time of repentance and commitment many will be making sacrifices and changes to their lifestyle. This year we have been challenged to take part in the environment-conscious Living Lent campaign
Could you give up single use plastics in Lent?
Could you go meat-free, or even free of animal products all together?
Could you commit to finding alternative modes of transport?
Could you give up electricity for an hour every day?
Could you commit to living locally?
Could you buy nothing new for the whole of Lent?
Fancy taking the Living Lent challenge? Go to https://livinglent.org/ to find out more.