The Bishop of Guildford's Lent Challenge
Bishop Andrew’s Lent Challenge to parishes for 2017 - transforming lent - aims to help deepen spiritual commitment during one of the most important periods of the Christian year – the 40 days preceding Easter – with a combination of prayer, reflection, action and fundraising for those in need - both at home and abroad.
“Transformation lies at the very heart of the Christian Good News; the community transformation that emerges when Christians truly live out their calling to ‘shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father’; the personal transformation that comes from knowing ourselves ‘ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven’ through the death and resurrection of God the Son; and the transformation brought about by the refreshing, renewing, disturbing work of God the Holy Spirit who ‘blows where He wills’, often in the most unexpected of people and places,” says Bishop Andrew.
“My Lent Challenge to parishes this year draws on our diocesan vision, Transforming Church, Transforming Lives, and especially on the theological themes that underpin it: Prayer; The Mission of God; Kingdom and Church; Transformation; Growth and The People of God.”
Your generosity during last year’s Lent appeal raised well over £20,000 for those less fortunate both within the diocese and abroad,” added Bishop Andrew. “Please join me in praying, serving and giving during Lent again this year.”
Donations to this year’s Lent Challenge will be shared between the Bishop of Guildford's Foundation and the Church of Nigeria's pure water plant project.
A helping hand in our diocese
The Bishop of Guildford's Foundation helps the most disadvantaged in Surrey and North East Hampshire by supporting local churches and organisations with church links which respond to local needs by developing community projects.
Grants are made to a wide variety of causes, including charities working with people who have disabilities, family support projects, youth and children's workers, organisations developing employment for vulnerable people, community organisations, projects for the homeless. Find out more online at www.bgf.org.uk
Pure water support for Nigeria
The Church of Nigeria is the Diocese of Guildford’s long-standing link partner in the Anglican Communion and has applied for funding to build a pure water plant in Bernin, Kebbi.
Apart from producing clean water for the community, the income generated from this will fund the important ongoing work of the Diocese of Kebbi, which has been badly affected by the activities of Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group.
NEW - online Lent course
New for Lent Challenge 2017 is an online six week Lent course, designed by church leaders for church leaders, to use with disciples to help encourage worship, conversation, reflection and prayer during Lent and Holy Week. Find out more here.
How do I make a donation to Lent Challenge 2017?
Cheques for the Bishop’s Lent Challenge should be made payable to ‘The Bishop's Lent Challenge’ please. If you are a tax payer it will make your donation worth 25% more, at no extra cost to you, if you complete the Gift Aid Declaration Form on the leaflet in parishes (or downloadable below) - and post it to: The Bishop’s Lent Challenge, c/o Diocesan House, Quarry Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3XG. Enquiries by email please to email@example.com
You can also donate or raise funds online via JustGiving by simply clicking on the link below and following the instructions on the Bishop of Guildford's Lent Challenge JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/dioceseofguildford