Why not do something new for Lent?

Churches are great places to make new friends
Churches are great places to make new friends
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Vicar from Hayling Island

Joining a church might seem an odd way to improve your life. However, the benefits seem obvious for those of us who belong to such a community – both the strong faith that we live by and the social activities that we enjoy together.

A good example of this is St Peter’s Church, Northney, on Hayling Island. I’m proud of the amazing ways in which members of the congregation quietly, sometimes for decades, reach out to others to offer hospitality, or visit those who are struggling in some way. 

At St Peter’s Church we have a busy social calendar, which provides opportunities to get together. These events are fun in their own right, and they can be also be a lifeline for people – a time to socialise with people who care. 

You are welcome to join us and for any of these activities: we have a quiz night coming up on Saturday, March 25; arrive at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with teams of up to eight people. The £10 tickets include a two course meal. You can book a table by phoning Karen on 023 9263 7353.   

I should warn you that these quiz nights are highly competitive, and include questions from a very wide range of subjects (not just the Bible and church history!)

We have an organ recital given by an amazing local organist Michael Slaney MBE. 

Coming up in May there will be a plant sale.  Details of all this and more can be found at haylinganglicans.moonfruit.com/coming-up.

Quite a lot of our activities at the moment, at St Peter’s, St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Churches, relate to the season of Lent.

We always talk about ‘giving something up’ for Lent, but actually in church we learn that Lent is a time to turn back to God – to notice how we are living, and to do something to love God and our neighbours better, rather than just sacrificing chocolate or crisps – though that is still a commendable achievement.

That might mean looking again at what we buy, what we eat or how we spend our time.

So often, what Lent actually involves is going out and doing something new, rather than simply giving something up.

This year, why not take up this no-strings-attached invitation to join one of our social activities – and let us have the pleasure of your company.