Lent Booklet 2021
A six week daily resource with readings and prayer suggestions inspired by and following the same themes as the Lent Group material is available to download as a PDF here. If you would like this in printed form, please contact Tim Popple.
Ben Lindsay Zoom Workshop
Show Up. Speak Out. Stand Against.
The rescheduled worskhop with Ben Lindsay takes place on Monday 15 March, 11.00am to 1.00pm.
This series of workshops, led by Ben Lindsay, is for everyone interested in re-imagining a Church where all people - including black and brown skinned people - participate fully in the ministry and mission of our churches.
The themes explored in Ben Lindsay’s book, We Need To Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches will underpin these interactive sessions.
These sessions will help us to encourage & enhance Christ-centered belonging, engagement and leadership opportunities for Black, Asian & Ethnic Minority individuals at every level of Church life. Why should this matter to us… well because it matters to God!
This is an online event held on Zoom, and free tickets can be booked here. This will ensure you are sent the link to the Zoom meeting.
Lent Retreat Day
A Lent Retreat Day will be broadcast from the Cathedral on Saturday 20 March – details will be available on the Cathedral website in the near future.
More information on services online will be available in due course.
While for many people the past year will have brought significant financial hardship, for some of us in the Cathedral congregation, lock down will have brought some financial savings. We have not been able to travel, to attend concerts, theatre or restaurants for example.
This Lent, perhaps you might consider making a gift to those who are suffering at the present time? We have chosen two charities making a difference to the lives of children, one in the Holy Land and one in Bristol.
As our Lent teaching encourages us to visit the Holy Land in our imaginations and online, our first project is Jeel al-Amal Boys Home in Bethany, once home to Mary, Martha and Lazarus and only a “Palm Sunday” walk over the Mt of Olives from Jerusalem. The village is now in economic collapse, hidden from view behind the new Separation Security Wall.
A beacon of light is the Jeel al-Amal (Generation of Hope) School and Boys Home. Founded in 1972 by Christian Palestinians, Alice and Basil Sahhar, the project is now under the direction of their daughter, Najwa. Three hundred children are being educated in the primary school which is affiliated to the Palestinian Education Authority and which pays the teachers’ salaries, and one hundred boys live in the Home. The boys come from Jerusalem and from towns and villages in the Palestinian territories. Many are orphans or have endured terrible domestic problems.
Our second project is a partnership with national and local charities, ‘Transforming Lives for Good’ (TLG) and Bristol Schools Connection, to enable churches and volunteers to join TLG’S Early Intervention programme and receive training around mentoring. It will seek to address some of the problems created by lock down, home schooling and lack of access to digital resources. This mentoring and support is seen as a vital part of helping local children in the transition from Primary to Secondary school cope with some of the challenges that can impact on their wellbeing.
Our gifts will give huge encouragement to other Christians in the city who are able to offer help at the local level in some of our most deprived communities.
For more information, visit bristolchurchescityfund.co.uk.
To donate to these two worthwhile causes:
Sort Code: 56-00-05
Account Number: 00011355
Reference: Lent Appeal 2021