Dear Friends,

Along with Advent, Lent is the other time of the year in the church calendar when we focus on preparation. In Lent, the idea of preparation is founded upon the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness that led up to his public ministry. During that time Jesus fasted and prayed and so over the years, the church has focused upon themes such as prayer, discipline, repentance and self-denial.

As we have been focussing on the future of Kirkleatham Parish in recent months, it has been decided that we shouldn’t lose that sense of momentum. We are therefore not going to do a Lent Course in the same way as in recent years, although we will still be offering a time for us to focus on the themes mentioned above. This year, we will be meeting once a week on a Sunday evening to explore four major themes of the Psalms: ‘Life is Good’, ‘Life is Confusing’, ‘Life is Painful’ and ‘Life is Surprising’. These sessions will run on the 5th, 19th, 26th March and 2nd April at 6pm in the Parish Hall. Please note that on the 12th March we are invited to join Newcomen Methodist Church in their Songs of Praise.

The extra time that gives us will be spent continuing to develop the response to Leading Your Church into Growth. Please keep the leadership group in your prayers as we discuss and make key decisions. One central theme that was highlighted by many during the course was a desire to improve our personal discipleship and there will be opportunities for this in the coming months. For quite a few years, the only time offered to meet in a group mid-week has been during the Advent and Lent Courses. As a response to the desire to grow deeper in our faith, after Easter we will lay the foundations with a course that goes through the basics of the Christian faith. This will then lead to weekly mid-week sessions that will explore chosen themes in more depth. Please look out for details to follow.

I’m looking forwards to journeying together towards Easter and deeper into faith.

Matt

March’s Vicar’s Letter