There are a number of groups running during Lent in and around Haverhill, to which all are welcome. Lent groups are a way of focussing our attention on God's nearness and activity in our lives through study, prayer and fellowship.
On Tuesday evenings at 7pm in the Benefice Hall in Wickhambrook, there is a group looking at the Living in Love and Faith resources provided by the Church of England, looking at issues to do with identity, relationship, gender, sexuality and marriage. This is an opportunity to share and reflect openly, and to provide feedback into the wider process of consultation and discernment being carried out across the church at this time.
On Wednesday mornings after the 9.30am Eucharist, we will be looking at a series of paintings by Stanley Spencer entitled Christ in the Wilderness. Christ spent 40 days in the wilderness before his ministry in Galilee and Jerusalem began, so this series provides a useful way to reflect on our own calling as we approach Holy Week and Easter and the stories and events that give us our identity as Christians and as Christian ministers. There is a book available by Stephen Cottrell reflecting on these paintings, but this is not necessary for the course.
These will be followed by simple Lent Lunches, offering homemade soup and bread.
On Thursday evenings at 7pm there is a fellowship group offering a space to read scripture and other Christian writings together, and to reflect on how we see God as revealed in the Word at work in our everyday life.
These begin on the 1st/2nd/3rd March and run throughout Lent.