Lent Madness | St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church

Lent Madness

Published by David Ruberg on Thu, Feb 6, 2020 4:26 PM
Adult Formation

Lent Madness is here! What is that, you ask? Does St. John’s do crazy things during Lent? Never fear! Lent Madness is merely the most popular online Lenten devotion, brought to you by Forward Movement, the publishers of Forward Day by Day. And are you aware that our very own rector, Kate Wesch, is on the board of directors of Forward Movement now? So everybody had better participate! She just might walk up to you at coffee hour and ask if you are! For those of you who still are a bit befuddled, let me give you a little background. Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck, an Episcopal priest and rector of St. John’s Church in Hingham, Massachusetts. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women who make up the church’s calendar of saints, Schenck came up with this unique Lenten devotion, utilizing a backet reflecting his love of sports. Starting in 2012, he partnered with Forward Movement Executive Director Scott Gunn to bring Lent Madness to the masses. Bracket selections have now broadened from strictly canonized saints to include people in the following categories: Mostly Modern, Monastics & Martyrs, Biblical, and Miscellaneous.

To participate, during weekdays of Lent, go to St. John the Baptist’s Facebook page or directly to www.lentmadness.org. Every morning, St. John’s puts a copy of their post on our FB page, which will tell the stories of two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round.

You can pick up a copy of The Saintly Scorecard: The Definitive Guide to Lent Madness 2020, in the narthex — watch for them to arrive just before Lent. Also, check out the full-color bracket that will be displayed in the narthex throughout Lent! We will be filling it in as Lent progresses, so if you miss a day, you can still follow your favorite saint’s progress.

The winner is awarded the Golden Halo. The kick-off is on “Ash Thursday,” February 27. It’s good fun, but is really about being inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across the generations. Questions? Contact Layne Bautista at rickandlayne@gmail.com or 206-938-1765.

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