HAMPSTEAD — With Ash Wednesday on February 26, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church on East Road in Hampstead has some special studies to deepen our spirituality and contemplate how the past impacts the present.
One featured study will be reading through “How the Light Gets In: A Lenten Project”. This book features forty stories for the forty days of Lent, each featuring the life of an African-American resident of New Hampshire from the 1700s to the 20th Century. These remarkable stories have been compiled by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and each story features a prayer by an Episcopal priest in New Hampshire. One story is very local and features Seco, an African-American man, who lived as a slave in 1750s Kingston, NH. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry (who preached the royal wedding sermon) wrote the forward to this important book. Come be a part of the study of light and repentance, which meets on the Sundays of Lent at 9:15 a.m. beginning Sun., March 1. All are welcome.
If weekdays are better for schedules, there will be a Lenten study on Tuesdays as well at 9:30 a.m., where you will dive into the emotional and riveting second letter from St. Paul to the Corinthian church. This is a beautiful, moving letter in the Bible, often skipped over.