The Inside Column 11/2

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Hi and good morning from the Vicar. If you are visiting us today we hope you feel welcomed and encouraged as you encounter God’s presence with us and hang out with our whanau. Feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and to get to know some of our people.

Next week is church camp. It’s not too late to sign up. There are only tent sites left as all the cabins are booked, or you can still sign up to come out for the day. There is a bus that is
leaving from St Stephens at 9.00am on Sunday morning and there are spaces available  if you need a ride to camp. $5 per person. You can book a seat by calling St Stephens 546 4051 or email:  office@ststephenstahunanui.nz by Wednesday 14 February.

For those not coming to camp there will be one service here next week at 9.30am.

This coming Wednesday 14 February is Ash Wednesday the start of Lent. What is Lent?… Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. The length of the Lenten fast was established in the 4th century as 46 days (40 days, not counting Sundays). During Lent, participants eat sparingly or give up a particular food or habit. It’s not uncommon for people to give up smoking during Lent, or to swear off watching television. It’s six weeks of self-discipline.

There is a day of prayer happening at the Cathedral. Here is the programme for the day:

7.00am    Morning Prayer and imposition of ash for those who wish.

8.00am    Prayer on the hour. (Short prayersled  by lay people. This will be the pattern each hour).

9.00am    Prayer on the hour

10.00am    Eucharist and imposition of ashes

11.00am    Prayer on the hour

12.00pm    Eucharist with +Richard and imposition of ashes.

1.00pm    Prayer on the hour (Continues on the hour until 7.00pm)

7.00pm    Combined service with the Roman Catholics with the imposition of ashes. (The service will conclude with tea and biscuits).

9.00pm    The evening of prayer will conclude with Night Prayer.

Don’t forget Saturday 3 March is the date for our annual Banquet in the Garden mission fundraiser for our mission partners Bright Hope World, book your tickets today.

Yours in Christ

Phil

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