lent at arapaho

The Lent Season at Arapaho United Methodist Church is filled with a few traditional offerings with some non-traditional thrown in!  

We will have two Ash Wednesday services and our parking lot will become a unique destination for drive-thru ashes and a block party for our refugee neighbors.  

On Wednesdays evenings beginning March 8th, bring your whole family to the church for intentional faith development!  We will have dessert at 6:00 and classes for Adults, Youth and Children from 6:30 to 7:30.  

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lent events, calendar and classes

Below is a list of all of our Lenten Services, special events, and class descriptions.  

Our Wednesday night classes will be six-week classes beginning March 8, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

  • daily text devotions

    Do you want to receive daily text devotions for the Lent season?  Sign up by clicking here or text @arapahou to 81010

  • Drive-Thru Ashes

    Since the Middle Ages Christians have begun Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross; the reminder that we are dust turns our attention to the creative power of God.  Stop by our parking lot on March 1 to receive your ashes from Pastor Blair from 8:00-9:00 am and 12:00-1:00 pm. 

  • Ash Wednesday Services

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.  Ash Wednesday is on March 1.  

    Our Ash Wednesday services include a family-friendly service at 6:00 pm and a traditional ashes service at 7:00.  

  • refugee block party

    At our meeting with Refugee Services of Dallas (RSD) in January, we learned that RSD houses refugee families in an apartment complex not too far from us and that refugees are feeling very anxious and lonely right now. The idea emerged to host a block party for our refugee friends in our parking lot;  On Sunday, March 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm we will host the Refugee Families on our campus.  Plan on coming with you and your whole family on March 5th for fellowship with our refugee friends. 

  • Taize Service

    Taizé is a quiet simple way of prayer designed for people of all Christian traditions. These meditative services include simple chants sung repeatedly, rich silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. Join us and the Dallas Community Taizé on March 12 at 6:30 pm in the Arapaho UMC fellowship hall for a time of prayer and singing. 

  • Handmade Children's Posters

    Have you imagined "colorful" Lent?  We invite children and their families to come and join in this communal artistic journey of meditating the last hours and days of Jesus' life - the stations of the cross.  The lenten coloring posters will be meaningful experiences for everyone to follow the footsteps of Christ who is the ultimate hero of the world. 

  • #adulting

    Youth are invited to join us for five hands-on sessions for skills we all need to run our lives but usually  have to learn the hard way.  We'll have something different each week led by someone who knows what they're doing.  Topics include managing debit/credit cards, dealing with insurance and loans, roadside emergencies, wardrobe malfunctions (sewing & laundry), and how to participate in a democracy.  

  • Discover your Enneagram type

    The Enneagram is an ancient tool for understanding ourselves and others by teaching characteristics of nine different ways of seeing the world.  Learning these ways allows us to separate our own egos from the indwelling voice of the Holy Spirit so that we grow and renew spiritually into reconciliation with everyone and everything God has created.  Each class combines DVD teaching from Enneagram master Suzanne Stabile with interactive discussion and activities.  

  • 24 hours that changed the world

    Drawing on insights from history, archaeology, geography and the Bible, Adam Hamilton takes us to the Holy Land and provides a deeper understanding of the most amazing day in history.  You will visit the sites where the earth-shaking events took place and walk where Jesus walked along the road that led to pain and the triumph of the cross.  

  • The Living Word

    Immerse yourself in the scripture passage for Sunday's sermon before Pastor Blair preaches about it.  In this small group we will informally discuss themes in the upcoming Sunday scripture passage and ways in which it speaks to each of us individually.  

  • experiencing prayer

    Join us in praying for our congregation and deepening our faith through prayer.  We will explore and experience personal reflection/contemplation/meditation with written materials and then a time of sharing personal prayer concerns and lifting congregational prayer needs. 

  • five films on loving our way forward

    We differ in views and opinions. We think we know solutions. We all have different life circumstances, variations of privilege, skin color, language, seasonings. We have different faiths and practices, cultures, art, music, celebrations, and ceremonies. Humans have really developed and diversified over time.  But in all our differences, we still are more alike than not.  In This Together: 5 Films on Loving Our Way Forward with Brian D. McLaren, Father Gregory Boyle, Manu Rumalshah and more comes forward at a time when coming together is so very important. These five films point to areas of fracture with ideas of how we can come together regardless of race, nationality, faith, sexual orientation, as one humanity for the healing of the world.