We found this awesome article on one of our favourite websites, bustedhalo.com. For those attending the Lenten Retreat, there will be a copy in your take-home package.
25 Great Things You Can Do for Lent
Besides giving up chocolate
BY RENÉE LAREAU FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Here are some additional suggestions on how to do things in an Anglican Church like ours, and what resources are available right here at St James. The numbers line up with the suggestions in the original article, so you may want to check that out first.
(1) Suggestion: Read the Sunday Scriptures before you head out to church. Here are the readings we use:
- First Sunday in Lent
- Second Sunday in Lent
- Third Sunday in Lent
- Fourth Sunday in Lent
- Fifth Sunday in Lent
- Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday
You can get all the Sunday readings from the Anglican Church of Canada website: https://www.anglican.ca/lectionary/ Choose the date you want, and hit the “Show New Date” button, and click on “Link to full text for this day”.
(3) Suggestion: Try a new spiritual practice. The Chapel is a great place for personal devotions. Open during office hours (Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1 pm). Not available when the Church is otherwise in use (Thursday Eucharist is at 10 am). Speaking of which…
(7) Suggestion: Attend a weekday service. We have a Thursday Eucharist at 10 am every week, but that may not work for everyone. We could have another weekday service in Lent if the interest is there. Speak to Fr Brian or Reverend Rosemary.
(11) Suggestion: Attend the Stations of the Cross. We could offer the Stations at St James if enough people wanted them. Just let us know!
(14) Suggestion: a book of daily reflections. Pick up a copy of Our Daily Bread for FREE! Available at the Church Office window.
(18) Suggestion: participate in a book club. Brenda Million runs a book club for our church, Bonkers for Books. Click here for more information.
(25) Suggestion: the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The BAS makes provision for private Reconciliation of a Penitent. Available by appointment with one of the clergy. We can help you through it, just ask.