Lent Course 2022

Unless the Lord Builds the House

Our Lent course for 2022 is based on a course developed by The Centre for Theology and Community, Unless the Lord Builds the House and is a five-week course of prayer, reflection and action on Christian faith and housing.There is a Circuit Mission Day linked to the course - see below for more details.

 

In his poem The Rock, T.S. Eliot asks: 

What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle together because you
love each other?
What will you answer?
We all dwell together to make money
from each other? or This is a community 

Our Lent Course this year considers homes, housing and the local community.  It asks us to look around practically as well as reflecting spiritually, to consider and listen to our local community.

We are called to See and Hear, Judge, Act: 

We observe and listen, we seek to judge in accordance with Gods revelation in Christ, and we then take action in the light of that judgment. 

Having completed that cycle, we then observe and listen to discern the impact of our action (another see), evaluate it and discern what needs to be done to build on it, or perhaps to remedy unintended damage (judge), and then move into further action. 

At the heart of this course is the question of who is building and acting. In Scripture, we see that Gods action usually emerges from amongst those the wider society underestimates or simply ignores. If we are to be Gods co-workers, we will need to listen to his Word, and also to the poorest in our communities so that we can see, judge and act with them and not just on their behalf. 

The course will be held in person and online. There will be sessions organized for each of the ‘pastoral sections’ in our Circuit. While people are encouraged to attend the ones led by their minister for their section, they can join any of the sessions if they wish.

 

In person

Ealing Green   Mondays at 11.30am led by Rev Sue Male
February 28th, March (7th – no meeting) 14th, 21st, 28th & April 4th

Greenford   Wednesdays at 2.30pm led by Rev Rachel Bending
March 2nd, 9th, 16th, (23rd - no meeting) 30th & April 6th

 

Online on Zoom

Mondays   8.00pm led by Rev Sue Male
February 28th, March (7th – no meeting) 14th, 21st, 28th & April 4th

Wednesdays  7.00pm led by Rev Ajay Singh and Deacon Theresa Simons-Sam
March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & April 6th

Thursdays   2.00pm and 8.00pm led by Rev Rachel Bending
March 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st & April 7th

Please contact the minister leading the sessiion for the Zoom link.
 

Circuit Mission Day

The Circuit Mission Day linked to the Lent Course will be on Saturday 9th April from 10.00am - 2.00pm at Hanwell Methodist Church. Tea, coffe and lunch will be provided.

The purpose of the day is to help us understand some of the projects the Circuit is currently involved with and to open the door to exploring where we go next. It also acknowledges each mission of each of our Circuit churchesThe Lent Course challenges us to see ourselves, our churches and communities through God’s eyes and at the end of each session we are encouraged in terms of "making a plan".

The Circuit Mission Day provides the opportunity to "Make a Plan" together by taking the first steps in evaluating our current and future mission. Speakers for the day will include:

  • Sharon Nugent from the London District Learning Network speaking on ‘New places for new people’
  • Christians Against Poverty – including the work of their Job Clubs
  • Ealing Foodbank
  • Ealing Churches Winter Night Shelter

There will be opportunities to discuss ‘where we go from here’ as a Circuit, to share ideas and to share with others what our churches are doing. So, come and join the conversation!

In order to assist with planning for lunch please let your stewards know if you will be attending or alternatively send an email to Dcn Theresa Simons-Sam  or a text message to 07484 542878 by Wednesday, 6th of April 2022 (please include details of any dietary requirements).

"As we emerge from the pandemic, I hope that the presentations and discussions will enable us to provide an informed and relational response, for those who need our help, and to promote the good work already done in our Circuit." - Deacon Theresa Simons-Sam
 

Click here to find out more about the Lent course and download the course materials.:

                       

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