Lent 2021

Lent 2021 in the North Cheltenham Team Ministry


This lent we are running a team-wide Alpha course to introduce people to the foundations of Christianity. Using specially made resources from Alpha we want to use Zoom to host this course. Could you be part of the team that would help deliver this course? It will involve a little bit of team training online so we are all able to provide the best experience possible for those who want to join in.

This begins on Tuesday 16th February 2021 via Zoom at 8.00 pm and runs for 8 weeks. You can join any time during the 8 weeks.

For more information go to Alpha online

LENT - Something rather different. '40 days with God's creatures' is a free, new lent course which is available through the Christian animal welfare group SARX with daily reflections and prayers on the subject of ALL of God's creatures and their place in His Kingdom. To check out the promotional video visit https://sarx.org.uk/latest-news/40daysguide/

There you will also see a link to download the app or get it on google play. Alternatively, you may access the course through your web browser at www.40dayswithgodscreatures.org

NCTM LENT JOURNEY (scroll down for more information and daily posts)

Following the success of the Holy Family’s journey through our Team during Advent, followed by many on social media we will be posting daily throughout Lent, starting on Monday 22nd February – ‘Essentials for the Journey’. There will be a different theme each week: Week 1: Compass – finding direction, Week 2: Nourishment – keeping going, Week 3: Light – gaining wisdom, Week 4: Shelter – finding security, Week 5: Water – finding refreshment, Week 6: Holy Week.

On a Sunday, we will post a reading.

On a Monday, we will post a photo or video and ask you to share your photos with us (Media Monday)

On a Tuesday, we will post a link to some music for you to listen to and reflect on (Tune Tuesday)

On a Wednesday, we will post a suggestion for something for you to do outside (Wild Wednesday)

On a Thursday, we will post a craft suggestion for you to make and post your finished article (Craft Thursday)

On a Friday, we will post a recipe or food suggestions (Food Friday)

On a Saturday, we will post a suggestion of a game for you to play as a family, with a solo version too (Game Saturday)

All these will be linked to the weekly theme. We look forward to interacting on social media with you as we all journey through Lent. Please ‘like’ our Facebook and Instagram pages to get involved. We will hopefully put these on our website too for those who don’t have social media, but would like to see what we are doing. For more information, please contact Kate on admin@northchelt.org.uk

See below for the first posts from Instagram and Facebook

See Wk 1 NCTM Lent Journey for the first week's activities and pictures

See Wk 2 NCTM Lent Journey for the second week's activities and pictures.

See Wk3 NCTM Lent Journey for the third week's activities and pictures.

See Wk4 NCTM Lent Journey for the fourth week's activities and pictures.

See Wk5 NCTM Lent Journey for the fifth week's activities and pictures.

Bible Reading Sunday: 28th March 2021

PALM SUNDAY: as we head into Holy Week, we haven’t got one specific theme for you. Instead we will be following the Holy Week themes as we go to keep it relevant! Today is Palm Sunday so here is our passage for you: John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed [is] the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

If you would like to read the whole passage, you can find it in John 12:12-19 #nctmlent21 #lent

Media Monday: 29th March 2021

HOLY WEEK: Media Monday! This week we haven’t got a specific theme but as we have entered Spring and after today’s beautiful weather, we invite you to share with us your pictures of Spring breaking through. God bless #nctmlent21 #lent

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Tune Tuesday: 30th March 2021

HOLY WEEK: Tune Tuesday. This week leading up to Easter can feel like a bit of a trial sometimes, whether that be giving a final push at school or getting through the last few days without the chocolate you gave up for Lent! This cover of “Lion and the Lamb” is a representation of how God is with us to help us fight our battles always. Lyrics below if you’d like to sing along:

He’s coming on the clouds

Kings and kingdoms will bow down

And every chain will break

As broken hearts declare his praise

For who can stop the Lord almighty?

Our God is the lion

The lion of Judah

He’s roaring with power

And fighting our battles

And every knee will bow before him

Our God is the lamb

The lamb that was slain

For the sins of the world

His blood breaks the chains

Every knee will bow before the lion and the lamb

Every knee will bow before him

#nctmlent21 #lent

Wild Wednesday: 31st March 2021

HOLY WEEK: Wild Wednesday! I’m sure you don’t need much encouragement with all of the lovely sunshine we have had, but for this wild Wednesday we would like you to go outside and find some lambs/calves/foals and just watch how they start to learn things about God’s great world in their newborn way: playing together, stumbling as they take their first steps, discovering their voices. #nctmlent21 #lent

Craft Thursday: 1st April 2021

HOLY WEEK: Craft Thursday! Time to make an Easter basket ready for the weekend. You will need: a piece of coloured card (square plus some extra), scissors, pencil, ruler, glue.

Step 1: draw a grid of 9 equal squares on your card

Step 2: add the extra guidance lines in pencil as pictured

Step 3: cut out the sections needed as pictured

Step 4: glue together the ends of the 3 thin strips on each side going across the triangles

Step 5: glue the top of each triangle to the top of the paper strips

Step 6: cut out two small circles in the remaining card, fold them in half and glue them over the top of the triangle point and strips of card

Step 7: cut out a long, thin strip for the handle

Step 8: stick the strip of card onto the inside half of each circle to form a handle

#nctmlent21 #lent

Food Friday: 2nd April 2021 (Good Friday)

HOLY WEEK: Food Friday. Let’s have some fun and make some Easter Egg chocolate nests! A lovely simple recipe for you all to get stuck into and perfect to celebrate Easter on Sunday #nctmlent21 #lent

Social Saturday: 3rd April 2021

HOLY WEEK: social Saturday! It’s our final post of Lent. Here’s a little Easter picture for you. We’ve hidden 5 colourful Easter eggs in the colouring below - can you spot all 5? #nctmlent21 #lent

Easter Day: 4th April 2021

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, hallelujah! Happy Easter to all of our congregation, all of our followers, and all who wish to celebrate today.

John 20:16-17 “Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist for Ash Wednesday (17th February 2021) from St Nicolas

Imposition of Ashes and Eucharist for Ash Wednesday (17th February 2021) from All Saints

Stations of the Cross on Monday of Holy Week

Father Robert's Sermon from Ash Wednesday at St Nicolas

Fr Alex Bennett's Homily - Ash Wednesday service at All Saints