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Join us during the Season of Lent

Lent is the season between Ash Wednesday and Easter and is a special season of preparation for Easter. Many people observe Lent by undertaking special programs of study; many practice self-denial. The purpose of Lent is not self-punishment but preparation for Easter through concentration on fundamental values and priorities. As we experience the season of Lent St. Andrew’s invites everyone to join us in any or all of the following events.

ShShrove Tuesdayrove Tuesday Pancake Feed, February 28, 5:00-7:00pm, Guild HallShrove Tuesday is the day immediately before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of      Lent, named for the “shriving,” or confessions and absolutions, performed traditionally that day.  Also known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” for those who prepare for  Lent by making sure they have sins of which to repent.  Traditionally pancakes were eaten, because eggs and fat, forbidden during a Lenten fast were used.

Ash Wednesday (2)Ash Wednesday Service, March 1, 7:00pm.The first of the forty days of Lent, named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality, and may be imposed with the sign of the cross. The ashes are made from palm leaves left over from the preceding Palm Sunday celebration.



Taizé Services Saturdays in the Guild Hall 5:00pm during Lent.Taizé worship is an ecumenical, peaceful way to pray, using (easy to learn) musicalchants, silent meditation, and scripture readings… a meditative, common prayer. The service offers a wonderful opportunity to be silent and center on the Lord. It lasts no longer than 30 minutes.

Lenten Series obiblen The Book of Common Prayer Wed. March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 7:00pm.  Deacon John Roper will be leading a discussion on the development of the Book of Common Prayer.

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Donate a little during lent! Together we can help a lot!

 Lent is the forty day season of the Church Calendar based upon Jesus’ forty days of fasting in the desert. It is a time of reflection and remembrance in which we acknowledge our own need for mercy and the desperate needs for food, security and love in the world around us. Traditionally, the season of Lent has been a time of giving to those in need as we acknowledge our own need.  Please join the Outreach Committee in taking a Lent box beginning February 26th and placing a food item in each day. Then bring back the box on Palm Sunday and the contents will be given to the Derby Food Bank.

LentSt. Mathew’s, Newton offers Lenten prayer and icon retreat. All members of the diocese are invited to participate in a time of prayer, reflection and the creative process of writing an icon for personal devotion, offered by St Matthew’s, Newton. No prior art experience is required. The three-day event is scheduled for Thursday, March 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday, March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The instructor will be the Rev. Les Jackson, St. Matthew’s rector, who has studied iconography and has led several retreats on the subject.