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Lenten resources for 2017


The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, and continues to the festive day of Easter on April 16.

Whether you are part of a congregation looking for group resources for Lent, or an individual who is interested in exploring a daily practice for deepening your faith, here is a list of some available resources:

Ashes to Go (churches can sign-up to be a participant site)

“Ashes to Go” is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where we go every day. It’s a simple event with deep meaning, drawing on centuries of tradition and worship to provide a contemporary moment of grace.

Society of St John the Evangelist: Five Marks of Love

If we are “marked as Christ’s own,” what are the “marks of love” that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us?

Starts on Sunday, February 26, 2017, in time for Ash Wednesday 2017 – then available as an anytime course.

This is a fee based curriculum, perfect for church groups to help mainline Christians discern their faith and more easily talk about it. It’s called Speaking Our Faith™.

Designed for use as an individual reflection and study, small groups, a congregational Lenten program, and/or a retreat, Listening With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind provides a foundation to help us explore a deeper connection between faith and our capacity to listen to God. Each Sunday in this 80-page guide offers a reflection written by a featured writer; and every other day of the week begins with a scripture or quote, followed by a reflection, and an invitation to record any thoughts, feelings, or insights.

Lenten booklets to use individually or as a group.

Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints.

Apps for your phone

Pray as You Go - for iPhone; for Android

Mission St Clare - for iPhone; for Android

Retreats

Offering an intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring discernment groups. There will be an at home portion of the program leading up to the retreat including short readings, creative meditation exercises, and sharing reflections online. This is a great opportunity for spiritually mature Christians to both experience spiritual discernment and learn how to teach it to others. EFM mentors may be particularly drawn to the prayerful listening and discernment techniques taught during this program (it may count as Alternate Mentor Training).

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