In early Christianity, Lent was a time new converts prepared for their baptism. Preparation for entering and living life as a Christian was an important practice of the church. Through the centuries, Christians developed disciplines, or spiritual practices, for all followers to sustain this new way of living and to grow in one’s Christian faith. Some of the most familiar spiritual practices are scripture reading, fasting, prayer and serving. There are various types and methods of each.

This year during the season of Lent, you are invited to participate in a small group that will be sharing in one of these spiritual practices. The groups will meet weekly for four weeks beginning February 28 and ending the week of March 21. Each group will spend a brief amount learning about the practice and exploring how to engage. The groups will also offer a time of encouragement and support as participants journey through Lent in their own personal practice.

The following four practices will be offered:

  • Centering Prayer –  Sundays at 5:00 p.m in person, Tuesdays at 7:00 on Zoom (led by Matt Marston)
  • Nature as Spiritual Practice – Tuesdays at 12:00 noon in person (led by Janet Cleland)
  • Praying in Color –  Wednesdays at 12:00 Noon by Zoom (led by Emily Harbin)
  • Journaling – Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in person (led by Frank Granger)

Centering Prayer
Prayerful silence is a call, a command, and an occurrence throughout Scripture. Despite this, silence is unfamiliar territory for many Christians. For several decades, Centering Prayer has been the guide for those hearing God’s invitation in silence. In this study, we will explore the Bible, learn Centering Prayer, and take some first steps together that can deepen our journey with God.

Nature as Spiritual Practice
Based on “Nature as Spiritual Practice” by Steven Chase. We will explore creation practices that will lead us into more profound knowledge of ourselves and creation, guide us to greater compassion for our neighbors, instill in us reverence for and companionship with nature, and awaken in us a greater commitment to creation care. We will discover the power of nature to soothe and heal the soul.

Praying in Color
Sybil MacBeth, math professor, self-described doodler, and wife of an Episcopal priest, wrote Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God. This unique praying practice brings the creative and prone-to-wander mind and body into communion with God through drawing/doodling. Together we will explore intercessory prayer through coloring.

Journaling
Journaling is a dialogue which David Wolpert describes as bridging the world of God’s Word with the world of our words.  The primary tool we will use to introduce journaling and engage in the actual practice is Grace-Filled Gratitude: A 40-Day Joy Journal by Susan Sparks. The book is designed for 40 days of daily use, with questions and spaces for writing responses.  Those who sign up will have a copy of the book reserved. The book will cost $10 per copy, payable at your convenience.

Sign up for the group of your choice by using the form below:

Spiritual Practice Small Groups in Lent

Small Groups will meet for four weeks during Lent 2021. Both in-person and Zoom options are available.
    Select the meeting style and group of our choice. There are both in-person and Zoom groups available.