This year Lent starts on Wednesday 6th March
It is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
Many Christians give up or take on something during Lent to help them observe this season.
There are discussion groups across the Swan & Claydons Team and Claydons Churches Together to help prepare for Easter
for more information about Lent celebrations see the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/lent_1.shtml