Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

YOUR VIEW; Heather Black, Development Officer of Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland Has Food for Thought about Lent

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

YOUR VIEW; Heather Black, Development Officer of Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland Has Food for Thought about Lent

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IWONDER what you have given up for Lent? Chocolate, biscuits, alcohol, smoking, these are some of the usual answers that people give. We are in the habit of giving something up that we somehow feel is not so good for us, we adopt a bit of self-discipline, denying ourselves of something for six weeks.

Lent is a period when within the Christian faith people fast or give up something as part of their preparation for Easter.

However, it is also a time to think about others in need, according to the bible a true fast "is to share your food with the hungry, to provide the homeless with shelter and provide clothing for those in need".

That is why churches and charities provide us with a variety of ways to not just give-up something for Lent but also to "give back".

Can I encourage you to think about what you have given up for Lent and consider giving it back? Here are some suggestions.

For each day, you go without during Lent, put an item of food in a bag to donate to your local foodbank. …

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