January 30, 2021

Embracing Evangelism: Lent at St Mary’s

As we look forward to Lent 2021 then, sadly we are not yet able to gather as we might wish to. But that isn’t going to deter us from keeping…

As we look forward to Lent 2021 then, sadly we are not yet able to gather as we might wish to. But that isn’t going to deter us from keeping a good, holy and enriching Lent. The main focus this year will be on the first of the Five Marks of Mission*: Tell the Good News – which is part of our Mission Action Plan 2020-25. There are three ways you can join in this exploration of Evangelism, a subject that many Anglicans feel a little anxious about, but is part of our calling to tell the Good News. You can choose to do one, or all three, depending on your appetite!

The first is to read our Lent Book Living His Story by Hannah Steele, which you can order through the Office (deadline is Friday 5th February) or online or download to a Kindle or other e-reader.

The second is to take part in an excellent six-session online course Embracing Evangelism produced by our fellow-Anglicans at Virginia Theological Seminary in the United States. You can watch the videos in your own time (40 minutes each) or join in watching them with others via Zoom at two weekly sessions, one daytime, one evening. We will then share in group discussion, joined by those who are reading the Living His Story book and anyone else who would like to discuss the whole area of sharing our faith and bearing witness to Jesus Christ. Details about this will be shared next week.

The third is to take a free copy of the #LiveLent Booklet: God’s Story, Our Story. This is a booklet of daily readings and reflections in Lent, exploring the connection we have between our own stories and the greatest Story of all time. These booklets will be available in church from Sunday 7th February and there are enough copies for everyone at St Mary’s.

 

*The Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion: Tell the Good News of Jesus, Teach the Faith we have Received, Tend to Those in Need, Transform Unjust Structures in Society, Treasure God’s Creation

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