‘What are you giving up for Lent?’

I’m sure this is a question you’ve been asked many times before. And our answers are variations on a theme aren’t they?


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And so on and so forth.

And, of course, these are all great things. By giving up something that we love, or something we could do with letting go of for a short period of time, it can really help us get life in perspective.

But here’s a question: why don’t you give up some money?

Not a huge amount – 40p in fact. As a church, we run a Foodbank, which provides food to some of the most needy people in the local area. And this year, the Foodbank want to give you and me a challenge – set aside 40p a day for the duration of Lent and donate it to the Foodbank at Easter.

That’s 40p for 40 days.

You can do that, right? That’s not too expensive, is it? But just image if each of us do that. If, say, 50 people take the 40 for 40 challenge. That would be £20 a day for 40 days, totalling £800.

Now that’s something to give up for Lent that could really make a difference, right?