Lent at Home 2021
The season of Lent is a valuable time for prayer and reflection as we journey with Jesus towards Good Friday and Easter. 
 
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is on 17th February this year.   

As the national lockdown has now extended into March, we would like to share some resources with you which can be done at home, to help you make the most of Lent this year.  Perhaps you might consider including one or more of these in your daily or weekly schedule.   
 
Joining with our online services:  
  • 10am Sunday on YouTube with our series on Jesus through Peter’s eyes 
  • 7pm Sunday on YouTube with our series on Encounters with Jesus in Mark’s gospel 
  • Worship on Wednesday, 11am fortnightly on YouTube, with our series on The ‘I am’ sayings of Jesus 
 
 Joining in prayer with others:  
  • Daily Prayer on Zoom – Glyn Shentall and Richard Hawksby have renewed their invitation to join them during Lent at morning prayer (8am Mon-Fri using Lectio 365) and night prayer (9.30pm 7 days a week using Compline) respectively.   
  • Lent Prayer evening, Thurs 25th March 8-9pm – join Angela Letchford and others for an hour of reflection and the opportunity for prayer ministry.
 
 Joining others in courses during Lent:  
  • Hope in Depression course, Tuesdays 7-9pm on Zoom from 16th Feb – 23rd March – contact Angela Letchford to sign up.   
  • Diocesan Lent Course, called ‘Looking out in Lent’ – with options to either sign up to join the course live on Zoom (Wednesday evenings), or simply watch on YouTube – videos will be available in advance, and could be used for Life Groups.  Sessions are based on Mark’s gospel, and each one is led by one of our bishops or archdeacons:  
    • 24th February Looking Out in Lent by: Telling the Good News  
    • 3rd March Looking Out in Lent by: Teaching the Faith  
    • 10th March Looking Out in Lent by: Tending to human need  
    • 17th March Looking Out in Lent by: Transforming society  
    • 24th March Looking Out in Lent by: Treasuring creation  

 For full details of the Diocesan Lent course
 
Taking time for personal prayer and reflection: 
  • Download an app for personal prayer – some great options include:  
    • Lectio 365 – a simple daily reflection using the P.R.A.Y. format (approx. 10 mins) 
    • Church of England Daily Prayer – for morning, evening, and night prayer. 
    • Scripture Union: Daily Bread and Encounter with God for daily Bible reading notes 
    • YouVersion Bible app with reading plans, daily verse and lots of other features. 
  • BRF Lent Book: At Home in Lent: The Story of Lent in 47 objects.  This 2019 book uses household objects as a way into Bible passages – very appropriate for Lent in Lockdown! It is out of print except on Amazon, where you can get it in paperback or Kindle formats.   
  • Lent Devotional booklet of daily readings from Blackburn Diocese – available in printed format from Jeanette Main, or available to download here
  • Daily Prayer at 6pm: In response to reaching the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, the Archbishops have called the nation to pray daily at 6pm from 1st February, as an expression of love and care for our nation.