Taking Lent seriously

02 November 2006

A HANDSOMELY produced ring-binder in Lenten purple has been provided as a Lent course for Wakefield diocese. It is seen here in the hands of the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten (left), and Archdeacon Jonathan Greener, of Pontefract.

One third of the congregations have taken up the course, Everyday God, and the diocese has sold 4500 of the study packs at £2 a time. (To save on postage, two distribution points in Wakefield and Halifax were set up to enable parishes to collect their copies.)

The weekly sessions are demanding. They are not just Bible study, although there are some very good Bible notes, but they ask people to take their discussions of the topics seriously enough to make some extra commitment of thought or deed for the week ahead, and perhaps to discover a new pattern of life. There are also leaders' notes and suggested resources for the 300 leaders who were trained to use the course during last November and January. In addition, the diocese is providing ideas and activities for Sunday schools and children's groups, both for very young and for older children.
We are well into Lent now, but if you would like to see a sample pack with ideas for next year (or for any other time of the year), email the Bishop's Chaplain, the Revd Michael Rawson, at chaplain@bishopofwakefield.org.uk

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