A Word about Lent

Lent is a time of self-examination, repentance, self-denial, fasting, and prayer that lasts for forty days excluding Sundays.  It mirrors the forty days Jesus was tempted in the desert.  During this period, you are encouraged to be more intentional about your relationship with Christ and acknowledge what separates you from God.  Give something up or start something new.  Give up dessert or start a new spiritual discipline.  Fast or start a prayer journal.  Whatever your choice, prepare yourself for the Lenten journey because Lent is the time in which we set our faces towards  Jerusalem remembering that we came from dust and to dust we shall return, and it is a time in which we remember, thankfully, that the cross is not where our journey ends.

Below you will find our Lenten schedule for this year.  The worship services and activities are designed to enhance your Lenten experience this year.  We hope that Lent 2021 is a meaningful and transformative time for you.

2021 Lenten Schedule

*Unless otherwise noted all services and events will be at First Baptist Bristol

Sunday, February 14 - Lent in a Bag Pick Up - 1:30-3:30 PM

Wednesday, February 17 - Ash Wednesday Service - 6 PM

Sunday, February 21 - 1st Sunday of Lent

"In & Out of the Desert" - Mark 1:9-15

Sunday, February 28 - 2nd Sunday of Lent

"Bumper Sticker & Billboard Theology" - Mark 8:31-38

Sunday, March 7 - 3rd Sunday of Lent

"The Stumbling Block to Self-Preservation" - I Corinthians 1:18-25

Sunday, March 14 - 4th Sunday of Lent

"The Danger of Handling Snakes" - Numbers 21:4-9

Sunday, March 21 - 5th Sunday of Lent

"The Living Dead" - John 12:20-33

Sunday, March 28 - Palm Sunday

"Transportation Worthy of a King" - John 12:12-16

Thursday, April 1 - Maundy Thursday

Drop-In Communion Service - 6-7 PM

Friday, April 2 - Good Friday

Tenebrae Service - 6-7 PM

Sunday, April 4 - Easter Sunday

Ecumenical Sunrise Service - East Hill Cemetery - 7 AM

"Salvific Silence & the Gospel Shout" - Mark 16:1-8 - 11 AM


As a downtown congregation, we're excited to be a part of the revitalization of State Street, not only in terms of physical renovations, but more importantly, in terms of spiritual renewal.



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Bristol, Virginia 24201