Rector's letter

Dear Friends,

March already? The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 6th March, which of course means Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day) is 5th March. The word ‘Shrove’ comes from the old word shrive, meaning absolve. For Christians, it is a time to make a special point of self-examination: what amendments of life, or areas of spiritual growth, do we especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with?

The phrase Mardi Gras is French for ‘Fat Tuesday’, when people eat richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent. So, we use up butter and milk in making our pancakes and then give up something for Lent. 

But Lent can also be a time for ‘taking something on’. A new discipline or practice that will help us develop as a person and, for many, help us to grow stronger in our faith. 

Every year, the bishops in the Diocese of Norwich run a Lent Appeal. This year, we are working with USPG (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel) to tackle some of the effects of Modern Day Slavery in North India. This project supports the work of education in the Diocese of Durgapur about the full scope of this problem, as well as further development of a Safe House for girls and young women, which is providing new hope and a new life for those affected by slavery.  

As part of this Appeal, USPG has published a Lent study course – The Prophetic Voice of the Church. Over 5 weeks, the course explores how the Church can be a prophetic voice in the communities it serves; human trafficking as one of the many injustices that the Church can speak into prophetically; issues relating to gender; climate change and our responsibility for the environment; and hope for the future.

The course will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during Lent (,12th 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th March, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th April) in North Elmham, Bawdeswell and Stibbard. More details are available on this website or from the Benefice office, 01362 668850, heartofnorfolkchurches@gmail.com

Wishing you a happy, holy Lent.

In Christ,

Revd Sally


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