Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday, is a interval of preparation to have a good time Jesus’s resurrection at Easter.
“This preparation includes studying scripture, prayer and reflection,” stated Pastor Chris Longman of the Harbor United Methodist Church. “Prayer is a crucial religious self-discipline and God instructs us to wish for others and that our prayers make a distinction.”
The Harbor United Methodist Church, positioned at 55 First Parish Street, is internet hosting an indoor Lenten Prayer Stroll by way of Sunday, March 21. It’s acceptable for all ages and open to anybody who’s on the lookout for spirituality this season.
“Loads of church buildings follow a Prayer Stroll exterior by way of their neighborhoods throughout Lent however since March climate in New England is unpredictable and we wish the group of Scituate to really feel welcome and accepted in our constructing, this was an ideal solution to invite individuals in,” Longman stated.
“The prayer stroll is enjoyable and really approachable it doesn’t matter what your religious follow is which, is a message we need to talk with the group,” he added “We need to welcome our neighbors to see this Lenten stroll as our present to them throughout Lent. We’ve already had plenty of individuals come by way of, together with atheists. The stroll is about introspection, and that appeals to everybody.”
The prayer stroll has a number of stops, every with an exercise corresponding to lighting a candle, molding clay, leaving a message or origami. The exercise, mixed with a studying, make the scriptures come alive and are certain to encourage, Longman stated.
“I wished one thing interactive and soulful to assist our group mirror throughout this time,” Longman stated. “We’re all known as upon to be the fingers and ft of Jesus Christ and it’s my hope that this Prayer Stroll will deepen the dedication and pleasure round that duty.”
That is the second yr of the Lenten Prayer Stroll on the Harbor United Methodist Church.
“We did it in 2019 and have been able to do it once more in 2020, however COVID restrictions prevented it,” Longman stated. “The Prayer Stroll will get quite a lot of vitality from being bodily so we selected to not digitize it.”
There are various alternative ways to expertise God, and we’re all on distinctive religion journeys, Longman added.
“The Lenten stroll is designed to make connections in a wide range of ways in which we hope will encourage exploration of each side of religion,” she stated. “The interactive nature of the stroll makes reflecting on religion enjoyable and fascinating.”
The Harbor United Methodist Church in Scituate is recognized for a number of annual occasions such because the Pie Social, the Historic Society Dinner, a sizzling chocolate stand in the course of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a First Friday Fish Fry in the course of the summer season.
“We plan to make the stroll an annual occasion, one other solution to carry group collectively within the month of March,” Longman stated. “The Methodist Church is about giving and this simply suits with our mission.”
The Lenten Prayer Stroll on the Harbor United Methodist Church takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.
Bodily distancing and masks are required to take part. Hand sanitizer might be accessible. The occasion is free.
For extra details about the Harbor United Methodist Church go to harborumc.org.
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