Lent 2023

Soul Care: Celebrating Sabbath

Two church congregations invite you on a journey of Sabbath.

Sabbath is a time for rest and delight, and is distinct from a day off, date night or a self-care afternoon – though any of those things can become sabbath time, with intention.

Engage in Sabbath throughout Lent: February 22 through April 7th, with a series of events that:

Reconnect to wholeness and renewal

Ground ourselves in spiritual strength

Spark and deepen friendships with others

Photo of Pastor Natalie Bell, a white woman with brunette shoulder length hair and wearing glasses

Pastor Natalie Bell

Photo of Pastor Diane Ford, white woman with shoulder length blonde hair

Pastor Diane Ford

Ongoing Lent Activities

Weekly Sunday Worship

February 26 – April 9

(In-person, Zoom & Facebook Livestream)

9:00 am and 10:30 am @FPCM

10:00 am @LPC

  • Feb. 26 “What is Sabbath?”*
  • Mar. 5 “Sabbath as Celebration and Delight”*
  • Mar. 12 “Sabbath vs. Servitude”*
  • Mar. 19 “Sabbath and Surrender”*
  • Mar. 26 “Sabbath and Community”*
  • April 2 Palm and Passion Sunday
  • April 9 Easter Morning

Link to Audio Sermons: https://lincroftchurch.org/sermons/soul-care-celebrating-sabbath-lent/



Wednesday Bible Study

March 1 – 29

@FPCM Adult Lounge, via Zoom*

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at FPCM Adult Lounge, just inside the Chapel Doors (look for Contemporary Worship signs). Pastor Natalie will lead a 5-week deep dive into the topic of Sabbath, studying the Bible together. Bring a brown bag supper, refreshments to be served. Friends, food and Sabbath await you! 

*Call the FPCM Office for the Zoom link invitation, Mon – Fri, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm,

Bible Study Guide

Indoor Labyrinth

February 27 – March 30

@LPC (Inside)

Mon. – Thurs., 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Walk into a peaceful room with a unique labyrinth, where the path is marked not by stones or a painted canvas, but by blue fabric chairs for this self-guided time of prayer and contemplation.  As you walk the meandering path, you get closer to the center of the room as well as your heart.  Take a breath and remain there in the Holy Presence.  You then continue on the path which leads you out to the world again, bringing whatever gift or word you received to share.

 Small groups can reserve times by calling the LPC’s church office, Mon.–Thurs. 9:00 am to 2:00 pm:

Special Lent Activities

Ash Wednesday

February 22

12:00 to 1:00 pm: @LPC:
Receive a blessing & ashes on LPC’s patio with Pastor Diane.

7:30 pm: @FPCM:
Worship Service with a message on Lent and Sabbath, prayers, music, a blessing and ashes with Pastor Natalie.



Maundy Thursday

April 6

7:30 to 8:30 pm @LPC

Imagine you are a first-century person intrigued by or already a follower of Jesus. Because of the Roman presence, it is not safe to openly gather with Christians, so you gather with us in a “catacomb.”  You will be greeted by a disciple who will lead you through a secret passageway to the gathering place. 

As you enter you hear music and gentle laughter.  You smell bread, olives and hummus as you sit at a small table across from new friends.  Pastors Diane and Natalie will guide us through this first century Christian gathering like an ancient Supper Club, with food, short readings, guided discussions at your tables, stories told by disciples who walked with Jesus, and concluding with receiving communion together.  

RSVP:  First Century Supper in a “Catacomb”: Click here to RSVP your seat:

(Because there is a light food menu and limited space in this catacomb, we are asking all to reserve your free seat to this evening; donations are welcomed to cover costs.)


Good Friday

April 7


7:30 to 8:30 pm: Seven Last Words of Christ: A Service of Darkness.