Ash Wednesday (February 13th) marks the beginning of Lent. The very word Lent means spring or springtime and just as in spring it is traditional to plant seeds and bury them in the darkness of the ground, so too Lent is a time when we plant ourselves in God and focus on and repent on the darkness in ourselves and in our world. It is a time of opportunity when through repentance, prayer, study, fasting and reflection that our lives can become transformed both inwardly, outwardly and towards our world and so enable us to become the people God has called and created us to be.
Perhaps you might consider doing something different from the norm during Lent … here’s a couple of suggestions:
Make time to read a Christian book
Here are some suggested titles
Abiding by Ben Quash ~ the Anglican Church recommended Lent 2013 book. It asks the question, what does it mean ‘to abide’ with Christ in the places we live, in our communities, relationships and one’s own mind and body.
Love Set Free by Martin L Smith. Meditations on the passion according to St John.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, martyr, prophet, spy. The biography of an extraordinary man with an amazing faith that stood against the evil of the day. One quote sums up Bonhoeffer’s life: ‘Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act’.
Not by Bread Alone by Bishop Robert F Morneau. Daily reflection resource, with scripture reading suggestions, prayer and thought for the day, to use during lent.
All are available to buy and ship, or to download on kindle (just click on the titles to find them on Amazon)
Lent Study Group
There will be a Lent group gathering for study, fellowship, prayer and reflection, looking at the book of Jonah: a Rebellious Prophet.
It will meet at Raha Beach Al Zeina between 7:30pm and 9.30pm on 18th and 25th February, 4th, 11th and 18th March.
Contact Rev. Gill Nisbet for further details and directions: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also make a donation to support those who wish to go on the trip but may not be able to raise the entire cost – and to help pay for the materials that will be necessary to carry out the various tasks while they are there – by enclosing your gift in an envelope marked “Dehradun 2013” and placing it in the collection bag or giving it to any member of the Clergy or Pete Rizzuto, or handing it in to the Church Office.
All gifts will be receipted. Cheques should be made payable to St Andrew’s Church.
You are warmly invited to attend this wonderful annual community event – bring your friends and family and join in the Christmas spirit.
If you have queries or get lost, call: 050-827-1604
John 050-553-8132 or email@example.com
Past events and other information can be found on the Carols in the Desert Facebook Pag: Carols in the Desert
7 December 2012
From 4.00pm onwards.
The event is free of charge.
Camping is optional and free.
The communal BBQ fires will be lit at 5.00pm.
For safety, please keep ALL fires in the BBQ area, if you must use your own.
Singing will start when some mouths are empty.
Please bring your own chairs or blanket, food, drinks, warm clothes and a torch.
A convoy will leave Mushrif Ladies Park at 3 pm prompt.
Please park with consideration for others.
(from Mushrif Ladies Park)
Travel time is approximately 45 minutes to Desert destination, towards Al Ain.
Reset kilometer reading to “0”, as you leave the park and reach the first flyover at street 19 (remember your readings might vary slightly)
0.0km: take the Airport Rd to Maqta Bridge then follow the signs on the main E 22 Highway.
26.9km: Pass Adnoc petrol station.
53km: Take turn off marked “Truck Road”, “Zayed Military City” and “Brick Factory”.
At the roundabout take the exit to the right marked “Truck Road”. Continue on this road to the next roundabout and, take the left marked “Al Ain”.
58.7km: Take the next tarmac road to the right, marked “Razeen” and “Al Qu’oa”. Follow this road for almost 7 km.
64.9km: Well before a radio tower which you can see on the horizon, you will see signs posted. Follow these till you have reached the spot!!
We are excited to be having Mark Aldridge from New Wine to speak in our services and provide some teaching opportunities for the wider community in Abu Dhabi (and beyond) in October.
Mark Aldridge, overseer of New Wine International Networks, will be speaking at our services on 19 and 21 October and also holding teaching workshops at St Andrews on Saturday 20 October:
- 10:30am – 12:00 noon – Learning to hear the voice of God
- 14.00 – 17.00pm – Developing the ministry of healing
We hope that you will come along and challenge yourself to explore how your faith journey can be expanded.
Mark Aldridge has been the Overseer of New Wine International Networks since the beginning of 2010, having previously been part of international faith-sharing teams for about 14 years. He is also the Minister in Charge of Oak Tree Anglican Fellowship in West London.
The service times for Holy Week are as follows:
30th March @ 10:30am – Palm Friday
1st April @ 10:00am – Palm Sunday
1st April @ 6:30pm – Palm Sunday
5th April @ 6:30pm – Maundy Thursday
6th April @ 10:30am – Good Friday
8th April @ 5:30am – Easter Sunrise service at the British Embassy*
8th April @ 10:00am – Easter Family Service
8th April @ 6:30pm – Easter Service
*Easter Sunrise Service at the UK Ambassador’s Residence
You are invited to the Easter Sunrise service at 5:30am on Easter Sunday, 8th April 2012, in the garden of the British Ambassador’s residence. If you wish to come please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and give your details (full name and mobile number).
You should bring a photographic identification with you to the service. Parking is not available on the Embassy compound, but there are car parks located at Khalid bin Waleed Mosque opposite the Embassy and at the corner of Streets 22 and 5.
Your email should reach us before Thursday, 29th March.