Keeping a Holy Lent
The 40 days of Lent - which begin on Ash Wednesday 6 March - are a time of preparation for Easter. It recalls the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness. Many people set themselves a specific Lenten 'discipline' – e.g. they join a Lenten study group, read a book, study the Scriptures on a daily basis, set aside more time for prayer, or recommit themselves to weekly worship.
Join a Lent Study Group
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the matrix of Jesus
God's great cleanup
demonstrations in Jerusalem
the crowd and the crucifixion
resurrection as resistance
Thursday evenings 14 March - 11 April, 7.30 pm to 9 pm. in the Robertson Room.
Led by Canons Margaret Emil and Paul Black. No cost.
Lent For Blokes
Heroes of Faith Using both the Old and New Testaments we will see how particular individuals from the Bible can help us model our lives on Jesus. "The journey won't be easy. If you are cowardly or faint-hearted, turn back now! But at the end of this spiritual journey you will find new strength and purpose ...."
Tuesday mornings beginning 5 March (Shrove Tuesday), 10 am - 11.30 am in the Upper Room. Led by Canon Kevin Stone. To purchase a book ($10) contact Kevin.
ABM has three Lent studies to choose from for individual reflection
INTO THE DESERT 40 days of Bible readings, reflections and prayers that will take you on a spiritual journey into the Australian wilderness. Into the Desert combines Australian history and literature with the centuries old wisdom of Desert monasticism. It is available as an app or you can order printed copies.
A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS This timely study is designed to help the church listen to the Statement from the Heart and to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT These 7 studies bring to life the Global Goals for Sustainable Development through stories from ABM's Partners.
Go to the ABM website to access these Lent studies.
Give to the mission of God's Church
Lent is traditionally a time of giving to the mission of God's church. ABM donation envelopes will be available each week during Lent when you come to worship or you can make an online donation by going to the ABM website. You can choose to support ABM's 2019 Lent Appeal from three program areas:
St John's Anglican Seminary
St John’s Seminary is the national seminary of the Anglican Church in Zambia, training ordinands and clergy from across Zambia. The training prepares them to minister in fast-growing urban and rural congregations of the Church. (This project is non-tax deductible.)
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mission Fund
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mission Grants support missional activities led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. (this project is non-tax deductible.)
Gender & Governance Initiative in Zambia
ABM works with the Zambia Anglican Council Outreach Program to end child marriage, the conditions of poverty and ignorance and the low status of women. (this project is tax deductible.)