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The latest monthly letter from our Minister, Revd David Hookins.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Lent is beginning and you may be considering what Lenten discipline you wish to observe. Traditionally people give something up, this is intended to focus the mind on God, the item that is given up acts as a reminder of God’s presence.

I would rather encourage you to develop your discipleship. How might you best do this during Lent: more regular attendance at worship; joining a house group or midweek prayers; early Holy Communion? Perhaps personal devotion: regular prayer times; reading a spiritual book or part of the Bible; meditation or reflection? Perhaps an act of service: joining Street Pastors; supporting a campaign for justice or peace; volunteering for a role within SMc or the Circuit?

What would best enable you to develop your discipleship?

How could that become part of our life as a Church?

‘Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24 NRSV)

The passage is clear that discipleship will entail taking up our cross and following. What cross do you need to take-up? This element of the means of execution. It is difficult passage to understand but I think there is a suggestion that we need to look at ourselves with honesty and see what we might need to change, what may need to die, be executed, within us in order for us to follow Jesus.

Of course our task does not finish with our following. In our individualized society it is easy to make faith something that is about me, and not something that we need to share, but we are required to make other disciples, to call others to follow Jesus.

I have noticed that people tell us about good films, good plays, and good coffee shops, if you have been to a good church perhaps it is time to tell people about it.

Who will you ask to come to church this Lent?

Your brother in Christ,