Lent is a time of preparation around remembering the forty days Jesus spent in the desert praying and preparing for his public ministry. It is the period from Ash Wednesday to the events of Easter weekend - a time traditionally of giving up -but this year can we also encourage you to GIVE OUT?
#Do1NiceThing is about loving and serving others the wider community.
It is about being the change, making positive steps to make life better for others (and yourself in the process!). The ideas are generally very simple and require not much thought or pre-planning. If you don't like one of the ideas, do something else!
Please Tweet about and update your Facebook status as you do your daily challenge - encourage others to join in! Use #Do1NiceThing as a way of pooling all the mentions together...
Wednesday 6th March - Sunday 10th March
6th March - Say thank you to someone as they work and say how much you appreciate them- Ash Wednesday service.7:30pm St Cuthberts
7th March - Call in on an elderly neighbour - take some cake, have a cup of tea and a chat
8th March - Shop locally and support local farmers, local veg growers and local shops
9th March - Walk round your neighbourhood and pick up litter (please wear gloves )
10th March - Engage in conversation with the people who serve you (e.g. shop keepers)bag) or see if there is anything more you can recycle at home- Speak to our Eco Champion at Church
Monday 11th March - Sunday 17th March
11th March - Smile at people
12th March - Be a nice driver - spread road-calm!
13th March - Email / write local charity you think does a great work and thank them and those who volunteer. -7:30 Altogether Course for Mental health and wellbeing looking at 5 different aspects of the bible
14th March -time to pray for your neighbours
15th March - Spread the niceness on Facebook and Twitter - compliment some of your friends
16th March - Hold doors open for those behind you
17th March -spread the word about our Lenten Family Quiz on the 30th March and Invite 1 or more friends!
Monday 18th March - Sunday 24rd March
18th March - Say hello to people
19th March - Look at joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch
20th March - Spot ways of helping people and do it. 7:30 All together Course for Mental health and wellbeing looking at 5 different aspects of the bible
21st March - Go on a thankful walk - see all the positive things you can be thankful for in your neighbourhood
22nd March - Buy Fairtrade where you can today
23rd March - Take a single person (elderly person, single mum...) out for Sunday lunch
24th March - Write a letter to a local emergency service and thank them for the work they do
Monday 25th March - Sunday 31st March (Mothering Sunday)
25th March - Commit to collect used stamps for The Leprosy Mission
26th March - Catch a bus (#Do1NiceThing for the environment) and say thank you to the bus driver -7:30 Altogether Course for Mental health and wellbeing looking at 5 different aspects of the bible
27th March - Give a drink to a homeless person or take part in 'Suspended Coffee'
28th March - Email / write to your MP and say thank you for representing you and that you are praying for them
29th March - Take a prayer walk round your neighbourhood and pray for needs
30th March - Buy seeds ready to create a wildlife garden (or tub or window box!) attend the Quiz
Mothering Sunday 31st March - Take some flowers to mothers and grandmas on your street
Monday 1st April - Sunday 7th April
1st April - Look for ways to volunteer one hour of your time for someone else
2nd April - E-Mail your local councillors and say thank you for what they do and offer to pray for them
3rd April -time to discover some new tourist attraction in your area (e.g. wildlife park, play area, etc) 7:30 All together Course for Mental health and wellbeing looking at 5 different aspects of the bible
4th April - Give away a book you think is worth reading/ Deliver the Intouch Magazine
5th April - Pay for the drink of the person behind you in a coffee shop
6th April - Write some inspirational messages on Post-It notes and randomly leave for people to find
7th April - Say sorry even when it’s not your fault! Attend the APCM at St Cuthberts 10am
Monday 8th April - Sunday 14th April
8th April - Help someone down the stairs or hold open a door for someone with a pram
9th April - Offer your skills to someone else for free
10th April - Write a letter to the boss of someone who has given excellent customer service to tell them so-7:30 All together Course for Mental health and wellbeing looking at 5 different aspects of the bible
11th April - Clear out unwanted items and give to a charity shop
12th April - Organise a free car wash for your community/ deliver the Intouch Magazine
13th April - Sit in a coffee shop and chat to some strangers or buy a 'Suspended Coffee' or pay for a stranger’s drink
Palm Sunday 13th April - Thank people for the virtues they have.
Monday 15th April - Easter Sunday 21st April
15th April - Give a New Testament or inspirational book to someone you don't know, come and join St Cuthberts for Compline and quiet time.
16th April - Take a box of chocolates to work and say thank you to your colleagues, come and join St Cuthberts at 7:30 for Evening prayer
17th April - Send flowers to a friend as a thank you for your friendship, and come to 7:30 Compline- confirmation course following.
Maundy Thursday 18th April - - invite people to our Easter egg hunt!
Easter Weekend Good Friday 19th April - Put spare change in a charity box attend if you can last hour at 2pm
20th April – Holy Saturday - Visit a local shop you have not visited before or in a while (support locally!)
Easter Sunday 21th April – Easter sunrise service at 5:30am and Easter Eucharist at 10am then join our Easter egg hunt!
......keep on your #Do1NiceThing challenge