Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 2.51.40 PMOur Lent Experiment

Lent is a time and space to face ourselves honestly and openly. It is the 6-week period before Easter when we recognize that we are vulnerable, broken people who are in need of Grace. As a community we will be reading The 7 Experiment: an experimental mutiny against excess by Jen Hatmaker. We will be selling this book and handing out free “How-to Guides” to help prepare us for our church-wide Lent experiment beginning March 5. In addition, there will be a weekly fast focusing on seven different forms of excess (food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending, and stress). It is our hope that this Lent experiment will help us draw closer to God as we reflect on our weekly experience of fasting.

A free “How-to Guide” will be available in worship to help explain the Lent fast and provide questions for weekly group discussion or you can download it HERE.

We are encouraging everyone who is practicing the Lent fast to find a group to meet with weekly to discuss your experience and what you have learned. Below are some ideas and opportunities to help you find a group to journey with on this weekly fast.

Each week discuss possible ways your family might fast together.  Be careful to not make the fast too challenging for your kids.  The idea is not to overwhelm them with the task, but rather recognize our struggle together with each week’s focus on excess.  At the end of the week, use the discussion questions to talk about your experience, why it was challenging and what did you learn from the experience.

Invite one or two friends to join you on this Lent fast.  Meet up once a week to talk about how you will approach the new fast each week and use the discussion questions to talk about your experience of fasting.

Groups for Everyone:

Sunday – 9:30-10:15am, Michael Roberts (choir room, Wesleyan building)

Sunday – 10:45-11:15am, “How About You” Groups (students and adults – gym and youth lounge)

Sunday – 10:45-11:45am, Annette Snedaker (206 Wesleyan building)

Sunday – 12:00-1:00pm, Emmy Zumwalt and Joffa Braymer (The Parlor, next to Sanctuary)

Sunday – 6:00-7:30pm, Amy and David Loy (The Parlor, next to Sanctuary)

Wednesday – 5:30 -7pm, Randy Parsons (dinner and discussion of fast – 313 MFLC)


Women’s Groups:

Monday – 11:30-1:00pm, Laura-Grace Anderson (The Parlor, next to Sanctuary)

Tuesday – 8:30-9:30am, Erin Gottschalk and Sheri Mazariegos  (The Parlor, next to Sanctuary)

Wednesday – 9:45-11:15, Karen Cornelius (Christian Yoga and discussion – 305 MFLC)

Thursday – 7:00-8:00am, Rev. Jayne Rideout (313 MFLC)

Thursday – 9:30-11:00am, Sandy Franks and Kelli Martin (206 Wesleyan building)

Thursday – 11:30-1:00pm, Bev Waugh and Christina Phillips (203 Wesleyan building)


Men’s Groups:

Thursday – 7:00-8:00am, Ben Howell (The Resource Center, 2nd floor MFLC)


Young Adults:

Monday – 6:30-8:00pm, Jon Tschanz (dinner and discussion – 313 MFLC)



Sunday – 10:45-11:15am, “How About You” for students (Youth Lounge MFLC)

Tuesday – 6:30-8:00pm, high school groups for girls and boys (Youth Lounge MFLC)

Wednesday – 6:30-8:00pm, middle school groups for girls and boys (Girls- The Resource center MLFC) (Boys- contact MichaelL@fumcwp.org)


Contact: Jayne Rideout at jayner@fumcwp.org