What is Lent?

Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they say they're giving something up for Lent?  Have you been curious about what Lent is and how it relates to Easter?  Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter.

Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to grow in our faith. It invites us both to reflect and to take some sort of action - an actual step forward in our faith.  These 40 days help set the stage for Good Friday and Easter.  Watch the video below to hear Pastor Lindsay invite you to take on a new journey with Lent this year.
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Ash Wednesday Service

We held a virtual Ash Wednesday service on February 17. This brief service (17 minutes) was reflective and interactive. We promise you've never experienced Ash Wednesday like this! Watch below.
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Beyond Ash Wednesday

Throughout the season of Lent, we will read the story of our faith together!  For 40 days we will read from The Books of the Bible – a fresh, yet ancient presentation of the entire New Testament We’ll read around 12 pages a day, six days a week (Monday – Saturday).  And we’ll gather in small groups to share the journey.  Join us in the daily emails with video content, along with three ways to read with us: YouVersion, listening, or a physical book.

THREE WAYS TO READ ALONG

1. YouVersion Reading Plan

This free app can be downloaded on any electronic device.  Search for “NT Community Bible Experience.”  Don’t worry that it says 8 weeks – we’ve adapted it a bit to fit Lent and will still work perfectly! Follow along with your reading plan straight from your device.

2. Listen Along

You can download daily audio recordings onto your electronic device and listen to each day’s selection. There is a recording for each day, so find the day you want and start listening!

3. Get Physical Book

If you’re local, stop by “take-out church” on Sunday Feb 14 from 2-4pm, or Wednesday Feb 17 from 4-6pm to get your free book!  Books can also be purchased from Amazon.

Talk About It: Get Connected!

Like most things, learning happens best in community!  We’re providing prompts for all of our group leaders so that no matter how much or how little of the Bible you have already read, you can feel comfortable jumping in.  Think of it more like a book club, less like a Bible study.  Let’s talk about what’s surprising us and is new to us as we read Scripture in a fresh way. Not in a community group and want to join? Connect with Pastor Lindsay below.

Include your children on our Lent journey!

While Middle and High schoolers can read along with the adults, our younger readers might enjoy the children's version of The Books of the Bible.  We're offering a free copy to any child who wants to read along with us!  Stop by "take-out church" Sunday, Feb 14 from 2-4 PM or Wednesday, Feb 17 from 4-6 PM to get your child's copy.  Want your elementary-aged child to join our weekly zoom call with games and activities during Lent?!  Connect with our Director of Children's Ministry, Jenni McKeown, to get signed up.

Daily Encouragement for your Lent journey. Discover a new way to experience Lent and sign up to receive the emails at the top of this page.

Have a question about Lent? Connect with us!