Shrove Tuesday, which is also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Since Lent is a time of abstinence, traditionally of meat, fat, eggs and dairy products Shrove Tuesday’s menu was designed to use up all the fat, eggs and dairy products left in the kitchen and storeroom. Many times pancakes and other breakfast foods were cooked for this purpose.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a 40 day period, excluding Sundays, before Easter. Originally, Ash Wednesday was set aside as a special day of repentance. Ashes were a symbol of purification in the Old Testament, and are used in today’s services to remind us that we are mortal and of our need for repentance.
This year we are combining the two with a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 6pm on Tuesday, February 13th. Following the supper, we will gather in the sanctuary for an Ash Wednesday Service beginning at approximately 6:45pm. This is an interactive service with special music and reflection as we prepare and remember Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Childcare is provided.