Are you looking for something to give up for lent?
Do drink plenty of coffee?
Maybe you should give up coffee for lent?
In fact this could be God prompting you to give up coffee for lent?*
Perhaps you could drink some coffee from this mug?
Available from Redbubble if you fancy it.
*I shouldn’t type stuff like that really.
Are you giving up something for Lent?
Are you giving up “being great”?
Are you humble enough to share it with the world?
This is the T Shirt* for you!
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*I say t-shirt… its also available as a cushion for your sofa!
(As well as advertising how humble you are, you also support Sofa by buying this)
Lent seems to have arrived early this year. Are you giving up anything for Lent? People seem to give up all sort of things, from Chocolate to Facebook. Whatever it is you’ve giving up for Lent, hopefully we have something here to help you give up anything for Lent.
- Have a group of people around you to act as an accountability group. This works best if the same group of people, are around you ALL THE TIME, so therefore can manually remove that chocolate bar from your mouth.
- Tell EVERYONE what you’re giving up, because if everyone knows how holy you are, then everyone can help you stay that holy.
- If you’re giving up talking, then wear a badge to tell people.
- Turn yourself into a hermit for Lent, or alternatively take a very long holiday to the middle of no where for 40 days.
- If you’re giving up something edible, then ban anyone from having that item ANYWHERE near your house!
- Has “that item” been brought near your house? Confiscate it and keep it for yourself!
- If you have an “accountability partner”, ensure you arrange times when you can both give in to temptation together. Obviously by planning the times you’re going to give in, means you’re more controlled the rest of the time. (Works best if you’re “giving up beer” for Lent).
- If all else fails, hook up your flat / house with webcams. Ensure that every nook and cranny is covered. Email your vicar with the web address, so they can watch your every move.
Any other ideas?
If all else fails, you could try taking up something good for Lent? Alot of people seem to do 40 Acts for Lent… but does this mean people stop doing good things after Lent?
With the start of Lent around the corner, we felt best to wonder what we should give up for lent. Having decided to give up the gym, we realised that all truly Godly people give up multiple things, so we decided to write a list of things that true Christians should give up for lent.
- Guitar Playing.
- Leavened Bread
- Going to the Gym.
- Mid Air Drumming.
- Your Hobby.
- Watching Non Christian Movies at The Cinema.
- Chinese Food
- Junk Food
- Non Christian Music
- Non Organic Food.
- Non Christian TV.
- Gossiping. AKA Prayer Small Groups.
- Internet Access
- Wasting time reading silly lists online.
- Going to the Gym.
- Going to non independent food stores.
- Doing any act that isn’t in the Bible.
- Playing computer games from 2001 onwards.
- Electricity from non renewable sources.
- Processed food.
- Easter Eggs.
- Driving any motor vehicle. (An electric car / bike is only allowed if you charge from renewable sources)
- All shoes, except for sandals.
- Your wages.
- Listening to non Christian radio.
- Talking to anyone who may lead you at all astray.
- Dont even think about eating anything like Pancakes during lent. Thats cheating.
- Asthma Attacks.
- Going to that Chip Shop on the corner, between work, and the train station.
- Buy lego figures.
- Looking for spelling / grammer issues in The Church Sofa.
- Eating non natural / organic foods.
- Caring that one of the above is mentioned twice.
- Watching Call The Midwife.
- Trying to find things to give up.
- Reading ridiculous lists that don’t live up to their promise.
Obviously if you manage to give up all the above, you are indeed a Godly person, and possibly living in a cave somewhere.
Have you given up Social Media for Lent, and struggling with avoiding Facebook?
Are you simply trying to cut down the amount of time you spend on your smartphone?
Maybe this could help?
Welcome to the first weekly roundup of March:
- So Lent is now in full swing, and so is The #BigRead12, not sure what it is? The YouVersion blog has a great introduction to it, while The Big Bible website provides all the resources.
- Can you pass the channel 4 citizenship test?
- In the light of the current campaign for ISPs to block porn, Crimperman explains why it wont – and cant work.
- Church Mag presents: “Get Real. Get Outside“
- …and finally…Phil Maylor presents a list of people not going to Heaven.
Welcome to Saturday, and the Weekly Roundup of what we’ve seen online this week:
- Jon Butler is under pressure…
- Here’s something a little different – an Advert on Oxford Street is shown only to women.
- Mike Rimmer shares his reflections on the death of Whitney Houston.
- Vicky Beeching looks at giving up social media for Lent
- Will shares a reflection on Ash Wednesday.
- ..and… finally… Vic The Vicar has tickets for Ash Wednesday…
How Good At Lent Are You?
In case you’ve not noticed. Its Pancake day today, therefore tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
What are you giving up?
Use our below tick list for inspiration, and give yourself a tick for each item you’re giving up:
|Giving up item||Points|
|Beer / Alcohol||| ||
|Ice Cream||| ||
|Television (Worth 2 Points)||| ||
|Your Computer / Playstation (Two Points)||| ||
|Smart Phone (2 points)||| ||
|Your house / flat (Worth Three Points)||| ||
Got one tick: You’re doing alright.
Two – Seven Ticks: You’re doing well. Keep it up!
Seven or more: You are indeed a saint!
- Are you giving anything up for Lent? If so what?
- Why are you doing it anyway?