An Invitation to Lent

by Dr. Peter Mallen

Lent is a gift to the church. It is our opportunity to slow down and reflect on both the Jesus story and our own journey of faith. It helps us prepare for the events of Easter. Lent covers a 40 day period (plus six Sundays) from Ash Wednesday (1 March this year) to Holy Saturday (April 15). Traditionally, Lent is a time for repentance involving the disciplines of abstinence and fasting. During Lent many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain foods, habits or luxuries – for example eating meat, cakes or chocolate, alcohol, coffee – for its duration. The money saved is often then donated to charity. UnitingWorld, the overseas mission arm of the Uniting Church, is encouraging people to undertake just such a fast this year. Details available at

The Banyule Network is also offering a series of four studies entitled Balancing the Christian life during Lent. Groups will begin the week of March 13. To indicate your interest please use the sign-up sheet at one of the congregations or contact us through the Banyule Network website.