Lent is a forty day season that invites us to reflect on our relationship with God and what it means to live a life of faith. This Lent our theme is:
Now More Than Ever We Need: Faithfulness and Forbearance
(patient endurance). Faithfulness and forbearance are two "fruits of the Spirit" described in Galatians 5: 22-23. Consider inviting a friend to experience this deep and meaningful season at FBC. Sundays for Lent run from February 18 to Palm Sunday (March 25) and Easter (April 1).
Program highlights include:
*Daily Lenten Devotional (distributed throughout Lent)
: Edited by FBC's
Barbara Brann Weir,
provides meaningful readings, poems, inspirational art to inspire and deepen your journey. Plus, activity packets for families, children, and youth.
*February 14th, Ash Wednesday:
We'll mark the start of Lent with a shared worship at Saint Peters Episcopal Church at 12:10 p.m. (4 Ocean St, Beverly).
*Anointing and Prayer:
Each Sunday in Lent we'll offer a "prayer and anointing station" 15 minutes before and following worship. An opportunity for individual prayer and anointing (a symbol of God's grace). Hosted by
(on behalf of Spiritual Life Team), the station will be near the candle rack in Sanctuary.
*Art project--Window to the Soul
: You will find a windowpane with sea glass in the narthex. Each Sunday, place a few pieces of colored sea glass on the window pane. As we travel through this season of waiting and patience, let us create a lasting piece of art together -- art that represents what we, as a community of faith are faithful to and patient for.
When Lent comes to a close, and we arrive upon Easter we will have a beautiful sea-glass window. Through this window, we will view the soul of our community's faithfulness.
Two Faith Forums (in Chapel):
*February 25th, From Chaos to Creation with Rabbi Alison Adler of Temple B'nai Abraham
: At 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Alison will lead a discussion based on Genesis 1: 1-2. The Bible teaches that chaos is an essential ingredient from which God brings creation and hope.
*March 18th, Music and the Art of Soul
making 9:30 a.m. hosted by Bryan Vosseler and musicians from FBC. How does music stir your soul?
March 25th (Palm Sunday) Annual Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast
, served from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. This breakfast is prepared by the Senior High Fellowship, and all money raised supports the Youth Ministry Programs of the church. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors, with a family maximum of $24. Please come and enjoy a delicious breakfast (and the sounds of Jesus Christ Superstar blasting from the kitchen!) and support our amazing youth groups!
March 25th Pilgrimage to Church of the Woods
, Canterbury, NH: Travel by church van at 12:45 p.m. for a 3 p.m. worship service in the forest. Church of the Woods sanctuary is 100 acres. We will be guided in a "mindful walk" through the woods and fields to listen for the voice of the Creator. Under a canopy of trees, we will read from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and share the Eucharist. A meaningful way to begin Holy Week. This is a kid friendly event limited to ten people. RSVP to
. Dress for the weather. Return to FBC by 7 p.m. (with a stop for dinner)