Lent is the period from Ash Wednesday (5th March) to Easter Eve and is a period of preparation for Easter.
Some people use this as a time to give up bad habits or certain foods and drinks or meals, whereas others prefer to see Lent as a way to help others, pray for others, or take up something new.
The concept of fasting for ’40 days’ (Sundays are sometimes excluded by those observing Lent) is to reflect the 40 days Jesus fasted in the desert.
Instead of our usual parish Lent Course on a Monday we are joining with Churches Together for five Wednesday evenings to think about War and Peace.
If you are planning to observe Lent this year but have not yet decided how you might want to follow the Bishop of Guildford’s Lent Call – Count Your Blessings – in partnership with Christian Aid.
The Carbon Fast Challenge is a devotion for the 40 days of Lent 2014, and is open to everyone. Tearfund have used this idea for a few years (www.tearfund.org/carbonfast) and there are also resources to help and inspire you further with regards to your energy usage on www.thecarbonfast.org.