February 10th is Ash Wednesday and the official beginning of Lent. It’s the 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays) and is traditionally a time of fasting and preparation including special church services, usually with their own sacraments, ceremonies, and prayers.
Unlike a Catholic or Lutheran church, Woodland is not a liturgical church, meaning we don’t follow a specific Biblical calendar/schedule for the year and, traditionally, churches like ours haven’t observed Lent. However, we do believe it’s important to prepare our hearts for Good Friday and Easter before that weekend arrives. That’s why, on February 10th, we’re holding an Ash Wednesday service and experience here at Woodland for people of all ages!
We hope to create a time and space for individuals and families to come together in worship, prayer, and community as they meditate on what Christ’s sacrifice means for us and remember His journey to the cross. There will be worship through music, a short teaching, and interactive stations to help everyone – kids to adults – prepare their hearts for the Easter season. A devotional guidebook will also be available to use that night and take home for further study during the coming weeks. And because we know following Jesus is best done in community, we’re excited to offer a community dinner before the service beginning at 6:15pm. A simple menu of soup and bread will be served. The actual service will start at 7pm.
We’re excited for February 10th and are especially excited to help kids and their families interact with their Savior through the various stations and music worship. Hope to see you there!