The English word “Lent” comes from the Anglo–Saxon word lencten, which means “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of "spring."
The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial. Historically, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time for penance (seeking and receiving forgiveness for one’s sins against God and neighbor) by all Christians.
Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). We do not count Sundays because they are always celebrated as little Easters. Sundays remind us of the spirit of repentance in Lent which is tempered with joyful expectation of the Resurrection. The length of the season is representative ofthe sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days.
The United Methodist Women invite everyone to begin the Lenten season at the Lenten Breakfast. Enjoy a delightful breakfast prepared and served by the United Methodist Women's Grace Circle at 9:30AM in Celebration Hall (Door 2,7).
Our speaker is Pastor Jill Moffett and since she never got to hold a meet and greet with the congregation when she came to the church, we invite everyone to email the office at with questions you would ask her if you had a chance to hold a casual conversation and she will build her program around those questions. She will also share in the imposition of ashes.
There is no charge to attend but reservations are appreciated. Sign up in the church office or at NoblesvilleFirst.com/LentenBreakfast. Please bring either a $5 McDonald's gift card for our college students or wrapped Easter basket candy (no gum please) for the United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon, Indiana. And if you're in the market for EASTER BASKETS, there will be hand-made, filled-the-brim, themed gift baskets for sale, created by the United Methodist Women. Proceeds will be used to fund additional parking lot lights.
Learn about Lent
If Ash Wednesday and Lent are new to you, come for "Learn about Lent" at 6:30PM in Whitcomb Chapel (Door 1), led by Pastor Jill Moffett.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Mark the beginning of the Lenten journey toward Easter with Ash Wednesday Worship at 7PM in the Sanctuary (Door 1). Come for music, prayer, a meditation by Pastor Jerry Rairdon, and the imposition of ashes.