Many Christians observe Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday) on the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Traditionally, we’ll eat pancakes–and other rich foods–on Fat Tuesday, originally to use up the milk and eggs that would otherwise spoil because of not being eaten during the fast of Lent. The “Chuck Knows Church” video above will help teach us more about the observation of Shrove Tuesday and what it means in the Methodist church.
Because many in our congregation live by busy schedules and long commutes, FUMC Allen opted to not host a pancake supper on Ash Wednesday this year. We wanted to allow the extra time for as many people as possible to get to the sanctuary to attend our 7:00pm Ash Wednesday service.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Mardi Gras on March 5.
We hope that you take the time and plan to spend this evening with your families or small groups by sharing in your own Pancake Tuesday celebration. You can make pancakes for your crew, plan a pot luck supper with pancakes, sausages, orange juice, and bacon with your friends, or make it a holiday for the cook by heading out to IHOP or Denny’s! (No dishes to wash so please tip your server.)
And while you’re at it, take a photo of your celebration, and send it to us at email@example.com. If you want to share your photos on social media–Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter–simply add the @fumcallen handle to your post so we can find it.
By the first Sunday of Lent, we’d love to see our photo wall full of FUMC Allen families celebrating their Shrove Tuesday as they prepare for Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent.