There is just time for a final blow-out before tightening the belt. Shrove Tuesday is the day for pancakes and quiz in the church – come to feast and laugh. Lent begins the next day! It is traditionally a time for fasting and penitence. Our church vestments will change to purple and flowers will be noticeable for their absence. Even the Gloria will not be said or sung at any Communion service. Bleak indeed!
However, variety is the spice of life. Doing without is good for self discipline, for our health, for our pocket and (if we are generous) for other people. Let’s welcome Lent on Ash Wednesday (5th March) in a positive way. In the evening at 7.30pm there will be a Service of Communion together with the opportunity to receive the ash of burnt Palm Crosses on our foreheads. This solemn service sets the tone for the rest of Lent.