The Church is in the period of Lent, which will lead to the events of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and finally Easter Sunday when we celebrate the resurrection, Jesus’ victory over death and evil and brokenness. What are you doing to make this Lenten period meaningful as we journey towards Easter? In my message last Sunday, I made the comment that if we give up chocolates, but it does not draw us any closer to God, then what is the point? Lent is a time for self-examination and reflection, for looking at the dusty areas of our lives and allowing God’s sunlight to break through and give us new perspective and new possibilities. If we choose to deny ourselves during Lent, then when we are tempted, we do not overcome in our own strength, but we read God’s word, pray and sing hymns as we seek God’s help to overcome and to grow.
Lent could also be an opportunity to hear what God is saying about his call on our lives. Are we where God wants us to be? Should we be moving on or doing something differently? At Hemel Hempstead we are doing a series of lectures on a Tuesday evening at 8.00pm, entitled “What is on your heart? “. We are looking at what issue God has given you a burden for. We have looked at depression and will in the next few weeks consider the Refugee Crisis, the Missing Generation, the work of Christian Aid, Freedom to Prisoners and finally Stop the Traffik. At Kings Langley, Churches Together are embarking on a Monday morning Lent course (details on the website). The church offers worship, but we also have a heart for social justice issues and for our community. If you are interested in finding out more about what we do or if you would like to attend any of these sessions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I pray that your Lenten journey would be meaningful and special and that you will be renewed in your faith and enthusiasm for God’s word.
Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden
(Methodist Minister, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley and Cluster churches)
Christian Aid Prayers:
Ghana and International World Women’s Day (6 March)
As Ghana celebrates independence day on 6 March, give thanks for the Community Partnership with Ghana. Please pray that the partnership will enable many young people to learn new skills, unlocking career and job opportunities. As we celebrate International Women’s day on 8 March, pray for the Community Partnership with Honduras and El Salvador and the difference it is making to indigenous women and girls, helping them to get the reproductive and sexual healthcare they need.
Partnering God, thank you for inviting us into partnership with you, to take our place and time in your story of creation, to work with you in bringing your kingdom. Amen
Christian Aid: £11,400 raised last year!
We are so grateful for the excellent total of £11,400 raised last year for Christian Aid and thank everyone who had a part in this. This year is a real milestone for Christian Aid in Kings Langley in that it will be our 50th Anniversary. We will be celebrating this with a very special service at Kings Langley Senior School on 22 April when the guest speaker will be Dr. Rowan William’s.
Quiz night raises £1,004 for Christian Aid
Christian Aid 50th Anniversary United Service: 22 April 10.30, Kings Langley Senior School
Preparations are well under way for this special service with Rowan Williams as the guest speaker. After the service there will be refreshments and a light lunch. All are welcome but if you wish to stay for lunch please email us. See our new documentry film "Fifty Years Believing in Life Before Death".
Read the Winter 2017/18 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2016 is available for download.