Lent is a season of repentance and refocusing that happens in the 40 days prior to Easter. The Christian practice of observing the season of Lent began around the 10th Century. First it was a six week "membership class" with learning and fasting in preparation for being baptized into the faith on Easter morning. Many baptismal fonts from that era were cross shaped and set into the floor -- a symbolic way of walking people through the transformative process of dying to our old life and rising with Christ into new life on Easter.
As neighboring churches, we are walking the story of Easter together, even while being physically distanced. This is holy ground as we do extraordinary things to care for our health and humanity together. Throughout holy week there will be ways to live into this sacred space at home, ways to participate virtually through online gatherings, and ways to share the story forward as a community. Each day will be grounded in a short podcast from our local leaders.