Tomorrow begins the season of lent where Christians all over the world will observe Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
We have the privilege of having 3 churches located IN our neighborhood. One just started last week: Cheverly Baptist Church led by local resident John Joseph. (they meet at the local elementary school, Gladys Noon Spellman)
Two of these 3 churches have significant programs for Lent that might interest you beginning tonight:
Tonight is Shrove Tuesday, a time when Christians eat pancakes before their fasts begin. Even if you are not fasting, I’d recommend joining your neighbors at Cheverly United Methodist Church for a pancake supper tonight! It begins at 5:30 and doors will be open until 7:30. Children under 4 are free, ages 4-10 are $4 and adults are $8. You can buy your tickets here: https://onrealm.org/CheverlyUMC/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=NmQyOTIxZjgtOWJjYi00OTJhLWE0NGQtYTg3MTAwZGNhNWI5 or pay at the door.
St. Ambrose, the Catholic church in town is also hosting ADORATION & CONFESSION: Beginning Tuesday, February 13, there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament along with confessions every Tuesday from 6:00—7:00 pm before the Spanish Mass and following the Spanish Mass from 7:40-8:30 pm. STATIONS: Beginning Friday, February 16, there will be Stations of the Cross in English at 6:30, followed by soup in Fannon Hall. Stations of the Cross in Spanish will begin at 7:30 p.m.