The season of Lent is a time of reflection. This season starts this coming Wednesday, at Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday starts this time whereas a church and as individuals where we reflect our sin, our need for Jesus, and the power that He brings to our lives.

This season began thousands of years ago as new converts to the Christian faith were baptized and became fully part of the church. However, before they were baptized, they had a time of reflection, of prayer, of fasting, of preparation. They were getting themselves ready to make this decision, to take this plunge. But before they did, they made sure that they were ready.

We do the same thing today in this season of Lent. We know that God has called us to great things. And for preparation for that, we need to get ready for that, ready to be faithful. We prepare.

March 2: Ash Wednesday.  We begin Lent with our Ash Wednesday service.  Join us for a meal starting at 5:00 p.m. (you can click here to sign up) and our service that begins at 6:00 p.m. We'll also begin our Lenten series "The Last Words" where we look at Jesus' last works on the cross.  If you are unable to join us for Worship, we will have ashes available throughout the day at the church.  

Mark 8: Seasoned Saints.  Join us at 12 Noon for our monthly Older Adult lunch.  This is a powerful time of fellowship and devotion as we reflect upon what God is doing in His world.  

March 26: UMW Study "Finding Peace in an Anxious World."  Join our United Methodist Women for this day long study, led by our Lead Pastor, Rev. Andy Stoddard.  How can we find peace in this world? We start at 8:30 a.m. and will be done by 2:30 p.m. 

March 27: We have several opportunities for our families. During the Sunday School hour, our kids will lead us in packing our Blessing Bags that individuals and families can give to those in need.  Contact Kate Gibbs, Director of Children's Ministries for more information. Our Students will go bowling right after church and we will have our Mother/Son Bowling at 4:00 p.m.  Contact Kate or Jason Anding, Director of Student Ministry for info.  

April 9:  We have our yearly Easter Christ Cupboard meal delivery.  Join with us as we prepare and deliver meals for those who need a meal and a visit.  Contact Rev. Beth Feisel, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care or Meredith May to learn how you can serve! 

April 10: Palm Sunday:  Join with us as we begin Holy Week together by waving our Palms high and shouting Hosanna!  And from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. we'll have our Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Holy Week: Come by the church during Holy Week to journey with us through our Stations of Cross

April 13: Holy Wednesday:  Join us at 5:00 p.m. for our meal and then at 6:00 p.m. as we will have a Service of Prayer and Healing.  This quiet service gives a moment to pray and mourn together as we walk through Holy Week.  We need a moment to pause and consider the power of the cross and healing it brings.  

April 14: Maundy Thursday:  Join us at 6:00 p.m. for our Maundy Thursday Service where we remember the Lord giving us Holy Communion and remember all He has done for our sake. This powerful service shows us the starkness of the cross.  Immediately following this service, we will begin our 24-hour prayer vigil. 

April 15: Good Friday:  Join us at 6:00 p.m. for our Good Friday Service of Tenebrae.  If you've never experienced this service, make plans to join us, you will be moved as we read Christ' last moments and witness the Light being extinguished.  

Also make plans to join us at Trinity Hispanic Mission to help with their Annual Easter Egg Hunt! 

You can also join our Student Ministry on Good Friday in serving at Shower Power Homeless Ministry downtown from 9AM-12PM. 836 S Commerce St., Jackson, MS.

April 16: Holy Saturday:  One of our favorite traditions here at St. Matthew's is our Easter Flower Cross.  To help contact Tim Rigby, Minister of Music, to learn how.  

April 17: Easter:  During Lent, we've looked at Jesus "Last Words."  Join us for Easter Worship as we see His "First Words."   Join us for Traditional Worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and INTERSECTION at 11:00 a.m.