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Ash Wednesday Service – online only
On Zoom only
The service will include an Agape (or Love Feast). An Agape is not communion, but is an opportunity for Christians to share food and drink together, remembering God’s goodness. If you would like to take part in that part of the service, you will need some food and drink which we will eat together at a particular point in the service. Traditionally this is cake and water, but can be bread, juice, oat cakes or tea. You may even want to try making the recipe below.
We will not be able to include the traditional ‘ashing’, but if you have some easily available, you may also want to have a small bowl of ash in front of you as a visual focus for our reflections.
A traditional Love Feast Cake Recipe
Adapted from the Middlesmoor Lovefeast Bread used in the Yorkshire Dales at the time
of John Wesley
• 1lb (400g) plain flour
• 1oz (25g) baking powder
• 5oz (125g) butter
• 8oz (200g) sugar
• 2oz (50g) mixed peel
• 4oz (100g) sultanas
• 2 eggs
• About half a pint (280ml) of milk
• Mix the flour and baking powder together, rub in the butter, then add the sugar, sultanas and peel.
• Beat the eggs together with a little milk and add to the dry ingredients.
• Add the rest of the milk to make a soft consistency.
• Pour the mixture into two loaf tins or a large cake tin.
Cook at 180°C (350°F) or gas mark 4 for at least 45 minutes for the loaf tins, or 1 hour for the large cake tin.