Love Life Live Lent to keep 2012 Games feel-good flame burning
A campaign encouraging people to harness the 2012 Games spirit of goodwill has been launched this week - the call to action contained within a 'sampler' booklet being posted out to 20,000 Church of England clergy around the country.
Love Life Live Lent - Be the Change!, written by theologian Dr Paula Gooder and her husband the Revd Peter Babington, leads people through simple daily activities to make small but revolutionary changes to the world around them during Lent 2013, and comes recommended by the Archbishop of York and athlete Christine Ohuruogu.
Two brand new booklets, an Adults' Version and a Kids' Version, will be available, containing fun activities, such as:
• Phone someone you love but haven't seen for a while
• Think about what might make someone you know happy, then do it!
• Try something new, for example a different food or a new experience
• Make a list of up to five people you have met today, and then pray for them.
• Give your pocket money to a charity that works with children overseas
• Think about something you have done wrong and say sorry for it
People will encourage one another to keep going throughout Lent by sharing their own Love Life Live Lent experiences on Twitter by using the hashtag #livelent; and there will be regular Tweets of encouragement from @LiveLent.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, says in his foreword: "When there are Christians around, that should be good news for everyone because we are making the love and grace of God real in everything we do. Why not use Lent and this little book to catch a glimpse of what is possible when we take a risk of grace? With God's help, each of us can be the change we want to see in the world."
Christine Ohuruogu recommends the booklet, saying: "The 2012 Games inspired millions to join together and celebrate everything that's good about life. Love Life Live Lent offers an opportunity to take the feel-good factor a stage further by being the change we want to see in our own lives and communities. You've seen the athletes play their part. Now it's your turn!"
The 2012 Games has already inspired hundreds of churches to host community events all over the country - with resources for organising community celebrations viewed over 35,000 times on the Church of England website.
Published by Church House Publishing, Love Life Live Lent - Be the Change! will be used in parishes and schools around the country as a way of observing the season of Lent - which begins on Ash Wednesday (13th February 2013) and runs until the day before Easter Sunday.
It is available to pre-order, individually or in packs (of 1, 10, 25 for the adults' version ISBN 978 0 7151 4311 7, and 1, 10 and 50 for the kids' version ISBN 978 0 7151 4 3148), from www.chpublishing.co.uk.
For more on Love Life Live Lent go to www.chpublishing.co.uk/livelent
Review copies of Love Life Live Lent - Be the Change! are available as pdf files on request.
Covers of the booklets are available to download from Flickr -
here for the Adults' Version and here for the Kids' Version.
Since 2007, over 400,000 people have used the Love Life Live Lent booklets to change the world, one small action at a time.