Lent 2019: time to reflect, to act and to give
For many Christians, Lent is a season of fasting and of reflection, lasting for a 40 day period during the 6 weeks leading up to Easter. You can read more about Lent, Easter, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and some of the different traditions over at the 40 Acts website. In 2019, Lent started on Ash Wednesday, 6th March and runs through till Thursday 18th April.
Here at Boaz, for many years now we have used the Lent season as a period of reflection and awareness raising for our work with people who have been homeless through the asylum process.
If you’ve not already committed to giving something up or taking on a new habit this Lent, why not take a look at the list below and see what you can do to reflect, give or act during this season?
- Our friends at the Jesuit Refugee Service send out a daily email through Lent, sharing stories of some of the people they work alongside. You can sign up for it here.
- Many people give up chocolate, coffee or alcohol in Lent. If this is for you, why not collect the money you save on these treats and then at the end of Lent, make a donation here to our work providing vital accommodation and support for people who are seeking sanctuary ?
- Instead of giving something up, why not get a big box, and throughout Lent, maybe daily, weekly, or just whenever you can, pop an item in there for our next Boaz Free Shop. We’ve posted a shopping list of needed items here – we are always so grateful to everyone who donates so that we can keep our Free Shop running!
- Most of our clients who are seeking asylum aren’t allowed to claim benefits or work. So they rely on a weekly food parcel from one of our local destitution projects. Could you live on a food parcel for a week, instead of your regular food shop? We call this our Lent Challenge, and you can read all about it here on our brand new Lent Challenge Guide for 2019. (Just click on the thumbnail image of the guide and it will open up as a PDF document.)
- Easter Eggs! Lent ends in Holy Week, as Christians remember the events leading up to Jesus’ death, before moving towards Easter Sunday when they celebrate Jesus’resurrection . We’d love to be able to give out some chocolate eggs at our March and /or April Free Shop… last year it was great to learn from one of our team members from Iran about their tradition of giving decorated eggs during the Nowruz celebration, i.e. Iranian New Year. If you are able to drop any chocolate eggs off to our office, for this double celebration, please let Lisa know on firstname.lastname@example.org
And that’s it for now. If you have any questions at all please get in touch with us on email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help!