The purpose of the Lenten season (starting with Ash Wednesday on February 17 through Easter Sunday on April 4) is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ—to consider his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection. Some of this reflection can be accomplished by spending time alone – taking time to read Scripture, pray, meditate, journal, and potentially fast from some facet of your life. As we as a congregation prepare for this season, we can also take steps to pursue activities together.
Small Groups allow our congregation to meet and allow the Word of God to guide and shape their lives throughout the year. However, during the Lenten season, all small groups come together (virtually on Zoom or some other online platform) and walk through small group questions focused on the teaching from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. This collective effort allows our congregation to grow in a particular direction while we all study the same material. I want to strongly encourage you to consider one of these three possibilities during Lent.
- If you are not part of a small group currently, join one for the Lent. You can find a link here to a form that will let us know you are searching for a group to join.
- If you are already in a group, would you consider breaking off from your regular group to facilitate a group during Lent? You will receive the questions in advance and training before you begin. Click here to let us know.
- If you are in a group that is already meeting, would your group be open to hosting additional people during this season? Is there someone outside of the church that you might consider inviting to be a part of your group for Lent?
Our Lenten sermon series will be focused on the last words of Jesus from the Cross. You can read more on that next week – right here in “The Latest.”