Lent is a time for spiritual examination. A time to seriously consider the integrity of our relationship with the Holy Father and to re-align ourselves with what God wants for us. It is also a time to reflect on the finished work of Jesus Christ – His eternal victory over sin and death (1 Peter 3:18).

Many Christians use fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries and leading a simpler life, as a practical way to take part in Lent and renew their relationship with God. Some fast by eliminating the amount and type of meals eaten during Lent, whilst others give up luxuries such as chocolate, coffee, tea, alcohol and take-away food. For others Lenten fasting also includes limiting screen time, giving up or limiting the use of social media and not taking part in negative talk, sarcasm or criticism for the 40-day period. (Read Mark 1 9-15.)

Take some time this week to closely examine your own life. Think about the things you repeatedly do that keep you from having a closer relationship with the Father. Read the words of Psalm 25 as if they are your own words. Read them as an honest prayer of confession to God.

Our church elders are: Ross, Cath, Ceri, Ray and Rykhardt.