Lent Resources

Lent begins on Wednesday the 26th of February this year. The goal is to figure out something to do from that day all the way until Easter Sunday (the 12th of April). BUT, if you missed the beginning of Lent, then start from today. There’s nothing magical about a particular date; the best day to make a change is today.

Here are a bunch of resources to help you.

This Sunday: Observing Lent

Sunday 16 February - 9:30am

Have you heard of Lent? Have you ever given something up for Lent? People often think of Lent as a Catholic or Anglican thing because those are some of the churches that observe Lent. We’ve never observed it at New Church Westville before, as far as I’m aware. But could there be a value in giving something up for the period leading up to Easter? Come on Sunday and we’ll talk about it.

This Sunday –  Missed Opportunities

Sunday 9 February - 9:30am

It is frustrating when we miss an opportunity for something good: It is impossible to go back and change what happened, but we like to dwell on what might have been, if only we had known. This same mindset troubles us spiritually. It is not pleasant to think, “if I had made different choices earlier today, or last week, or last year, right now I would be a kinder, better, happier person. But since I missed my chance, I’ll never be quite as good as I could have been.” The Lord, however, in bringing His friend Lazarus back from the dead, gives us hope that even if we cannot change the past, we never lose the chance for a better future.

This Sunday: Cycles and Seasons of Time

Sunday 2 February - 5pm

This Sunday evening I want to give the adults a chance to hear about the “Circle of the Church Year” that we use in Godly Play. It’s an opportunity to think about the different religious celebrations we have in the year the value of those times and the times of preparation that lead up to them. And it will also be an opportunity to reflect more broadly on the value and purpose of the time, state, or season that we find ourselves in.

This Sunday: Make a Covenant With the Lord

Sunday 19 January 2020 - 9:30am

Would you be willing to sign a legal agreement with the Lord, committing to do what He tells you to do? The Children of Israel made covenants with the Lord and, if we want to make progress in our relationship with Him, then we need to as well. Part of us does not want to do that. Let’s talk about the value of a covenant with the Lord and how we can get through our resistance to the idea and make that commitment in a meaningful way.

This Sunday: “Teach us to number our days….”

Sunday 5 January - 5pm

It’s a new decade (or not, depending on how you think about it) and it’s a time when a lot of people are thinking about time and all that’s happened in the past decade or two. People are also looking to the future and wondering what will happen in the 2020s. With these thoughts on our minds it seemed like it be useful, this Sunday evening, to reflect on Psalm 90 where it says, “teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

This Sunday:Tableaux Service

Sunday 8 December - 6:30pm

Experience the Christmas story with your whole family by watching people make living pictures of the scenes from the Christmas story while the text from the Bible is read. There will be no worship service in the morning.

This Sunday:  We Might Not Want the Lord to Come, But We Need Him To

Sunday 1 December - 5pm

As we approach Christmas we often talk about the Lord coming into the world and Him coming into our lives in a new way. At this Sunday’s evening service we will be talking about prophecies from Malachi about the Lord’s coming and why we might not actually want the Lord to come into our lives. That might sound strange but some of the prophecies about the Lord’s coming do not sound very pleasant. But we actually do need to go through those unpleasant things to really be ready for the Lord to come into our lives in a new way. 

This Sunday: Halfway There

Sunday 24 November - 9:30am

When Saul was commanded to destroy all the Amalekites and all their possessions, he only half obeyed: he destroyed all the worthless possessions, but kept the precious things, and spared the king. Yet he still claimed that he had obeyed the Lord. How often do we only follow the Lord halfway, but claim that we have done everything He asks? And how do we come to a place of wholeheartedly separating ourselves even from the evils that we really love and are attached to?

This Sunday: Invitation

Sunday 17 November - 9:30am

As a church we are focusing on invitation for the next couple of months. As we work on invitation I want our thinking and our actions to be informed by what the Lord teaches about it. And when you look for it, you can find teachings and stories about invitation and even direct invitations from the Lord throughout the His Word. Let’s learn from the Lord about how to invite.