To make a right beginning of repentance, we are invited in the Ash Wednesday liturgy to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word.
This year we have eight offerings for your Lent. You can find all links and registration information for offerings listed below on the KIOSK's Lent 2021 page.
If you need the log in password for the KIOSK, please check your parish emails or contact us.
Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 17
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist:
Live-streamed online, available for viewing any time afterwards
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Imposition of Ashes:
In-person, walk up, outdoors
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Imposition of Ashes:
In-person, walk up, outdoors
Understanding Modern Cultural Developments
A Christian Response to the Division of our World.
Rector's Lenten Study
Sundays in Lent
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Join Reverend Peter Floyd and Reverend Brad Smith during the first four Sunday’s in Lent, as we discuss the movements and developments in our culture that have played a role in the negativity we have experienced in recent months and years.
During our time together we will not only seek to understand these movements but how we can respond to them as Christians.
Join us on Zoom. KIOSK Log In
February 21: Why Can’t We Agree On What Is True
Understanding postmodernism, relativism and pluralism
February 28: Why Is Tribalism Increasing?
Understanding tribalism as an effect of postmodernism
March 7: Why Are Our Standards Of Morality So Divided?
Understanding moral relativism as an effect of postmodernism
March 14: The Role Of Confirmation Bias In Creating Conflict
Understanding the dangers of the echo chambers like social media in our lives
Lenten Book Study:
"Love Is The Way: Holding Onto Hope In Troubling Times"
by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Thursdays in Lent
"Lunch and Learn"
Led by Janie Wooten and Toni Robinson
Together we’ll cover 2 chapters a week, even bring your lunch if you like! We envision the hour structured with an opening prayer, brief check in with group members, consideration of the text, concluding with prayer.
To prepare for the February 18th meeting:
please read Introduction, and Chapters 1 & 2 to discuss.
About Love Is The Way:
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry "expands on his message of hope in an inspirational road map for living the way of love, illuminated with moving lessons from his own life. The way of love is essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the world today: poverty, racism, selfishness, deep ideological divisions, competing claims to speak for God. This book will lead readers to discover the gifts they need in order to live the way of love: deep reservoirs of hope and resilience, simple wisdom, the discipline of nonviolence, and unshakable regard for human dignity."
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Holy Listening/Holy Reading
Tuesdays, beginning February 23rd
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Each Sunday, we'll gather via Zoom to be embraced by Scripture in the ancient contemplative discipline of Lectio Divina, focusing on the day's gospel in preparation for hearing the sermon. All are welcome. Bring any Bible translation. Lectio Divina is an ancient monastic method of engaging scripture practiced by the Desert Mothers & Fathers (East & West) wherein one listens contemplatively to the word of God and follows the attraction of the Spirit. It is very different from a Bible Study where one seeks and gleans information. Both are vital to complete engagement with Holy scripture.
Join us on Zoom: KIOSK log in
Join our Group in Realm! The "Holy Listening/Holy Reading" group is located in the "Other Educational Groups" Realm log in
Braver Angels Workshop:
Skills for Bridging the Divide
Saturday, March 13th 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Free workshop via Zoom.
In our current polarized political environment, many people avoid or dread political conversations with friends or family members whose politics differ from their own.
Braver Angels Skills for Bridging the Divide Workshops teach skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship. They also give participants a safe environment to practice those skills. Anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side of the political aisle can attend.
Skills for Bridging the Divide Workshop Goals:
To learn about the perspectives, feelings, and experiences of someone you care about who differs from
To have a sense of satisfaction about how you conveyed your own perspective, feelings, and
To discover some common ground, if it’s there
Skills for Bridging the Divide Workshop Process:
After a brief introduction and a discussion about what can go wrong in political discussions, participants in a skills workshop can expect to learn the following:
Tone setting skills
Handling difficult moments
Participants will also get opportunities to practice these skills.
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Lenten Quiet Day
Centering Prayer Retreat
Sunday, March 21st 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In Lent, we have before us a holy project, best illustrated by the image of a labyrinth, of making an inward journey to explore and ascertain what seems to keep us from a closer relationship with God, creation, and neighbor. This journey is not easy and requires patience, honesty, humility, and courage.
At the Lenten Quiet Day, a day of silence will be offered when we will embark upon this exploration of: What within ourselves seems to separate us from God, creation, and one another. During the day, we will have the opportunity to hear three meditations from members of the St. John’s centering prayer community as well as enter three 20-minute periods of silence in which God embraces us in the transforming and divine work anticipating new life at Easter and beyond.
Registration will open soon for the Lenten Quiet Day. Upon registering, you will be sent the Zoom ID and an outline of the day.
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Ramsey+ Financial Peace University
Sundays in Lent
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
February 21 - May 2
Free for STJE members, Ramsey+ is an all-access membership, that gives members the best money content and tools so they can win with money—for good.
With Ramsey+, STJE members get access to:
Financial Peace University plus additional courses: Jump Start, Smart Money Smart Kids, Legacy Journey and Budgeting That Actually Works
Budgeting app EveryDollar
These tools will help members learn the plan, budget their money, and track their progress.
Register here: KIOSK Log In
Visit our Ramsey+ at STJE webpage for more
Covenant Creativity Challenge
Weekly During Lent
Each week in Lent, you are invited to reflect or respond creatively to a different line of your Baptismal Covenant.
You may choose to respond with:
Or whatever creative medium that inspires you!
You may join The Way Forward group in Realm if you choose to share your creations.
Click HERE to print your copy of the Covenant Challenge Flyer.
Lent At Home In Community
A Resource for Families
Anytime, during Lent
Courtesy of the Diocese of NC
Lent At Home In Community is an intergenerational resource of six sessions using the Psalms from the six Sundays of Lent in the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B).
These Psalm passages are used for sessions titled: Seeing, Tasting, Hearing, Touching, Smelling, and Giving. It is written for use at home.
The sessions, written for all ages, can be done by individuals or with others within the same home.
Download the booklet to get started, here: Lent at Home