BLAKENEY METHODIST CHURCH, High Street, Blakeney
Revd. Cliff Shanganya
Tel: 01263 712181
Preachers for :
Preachers for March:
4th March Songs of Praise at Thursford
11th March Rev. Cliff Shanganya
18th March Mr Tony Hey
25th March Rev. Cliff Shanganya (HC)
Preachers for April:
1st April Glaven Sings Gospel (St Nicholas)
8th April Rev. Colin Garwood
15th April Mrs Sam Parfitt
22nd April Rev. Cliff Shanganya (HC)
29th April G and A Constantine
Services at 6.30pm in the Methodist Church except where otherwise shown.
Morning Prayer: Every Thursday at 10.00 am
Throughout the year we meet together for a time of quiet and prayer, followed by fellowship and coffee. We welcome any who would like to join with us – from any denomination or none.
Café TMC is open every weekend from Friday to Monday, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Please ring Sam on 01263 711824 for more information.
What are you giving up this Lent?
We are entering the season of Lent: 40 days from Ash Wednesday, February 14, to sunset on Holy Saturday, March 31 (the day before Easter). Since the time of the early church, Christians have used the 40 days prior to Easter as a time of preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday, the days we remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. The number 40 is very symbolic in the Scripture.
40 years was the journey through the desert from Egypt to promise land; Moses fasted for 40 days when he communed with the Lord on Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:28). Elijah fasted for 40 days on his journey to meet God at Horeb (1 Kings 19:8); Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert to prepare for his public ministry (Matt. 4:1–11).
During Lent, Christians have traditionally engaged in practices of self-denial, like fasting, meant to orient our hearts and minds to the sufferings of Christ. Perhaps we give up some type of food, a habit, an activity or an addiction. In making a sacrifice, we can become more aware of Jesus’ sacrifice for us and let go of whatever keeps us from preparing our spirit for the celebration of Easter. Giving up is a wonderful spiritual discipline.
Nevertheless, there is another discipline that has been emerged in recent years that I find even more powerful and life changing. It is the discipline of giving back. Imagine every day during Lent waking up in the morning, and in prayerful reflection ask yourself:
How can I offer peace to someone today?
How can I bring a smile to someone’s face?
How can I say words of healing?
How can I show love to someone?
How can I forgive someone?
Everyday becomes an opportunity to recognise God’s love in your life and give back that love to those who God sends in your path. Every day it becomes a walk with Jesus toward the cross, by doing what Jesus did. Sometimes it may involve a material gift, sometimes a gift of time, other times, a gift of self. Every day though, it requires paying attention to God and those who are in your life or happen to cross your path.
Consider giving back this Lent. It will change your life and fill you with blessings!
Love and Prayers From
Rev Cliff Shanganya ( Methodist Church Minister)
Café TMC Reopens on Friday, 9th February.
Monday, 11.00 -12.00: TMC Together (support group for dementia)
Friday 11.00-12.00 TMC Tots
TMC Butterfly Group (support group for bereavement)
13.00 onwards: Games Afternoon (Scrabble, etc.)
Please ring Sam on 01263 711824 for more information