Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by new converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. Today, Christians focus on relationship with God, growing as disciples and extending ourselves, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.

Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

To learn more about the season of Lent, visit resourceUMC.org.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday February 26
12:00pm WORSHIP
7:00pm WORSHIP

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time of reflection on our own lives. During Lent, we consider the tremendous love God has shown the world and to each of us individually by sending his Son into the world to save us from our sins.

Join us in the FUMC Allen sanctuary on Ash Wednesday, February 26, with worship services at 12:00pm and 7:00pm. Your pastoral staff leads the mid-day service which includes simple music, prayer, and the imposition of ashes. The pastoral staff, Resonate, and the Chancel Choir will lead the 7:00pm worship service.
Both services will be quiet, meditative times for reflection and confession as we enter into the 40-day season of journeying with Jesus to the cross.


Join our email database to receive a daily devotional during the 40 days of Lent. These devotionals are from the Prayer Journal companion to The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life by Adam Hamilton. The devotionals will arrive in your email box daily (except Sunday) beginning February 26. To sign up, click HERE and check the box for Daily Devotionals or text FUMCALLEN to 22828 and follow the prompts.


We’ve based this year’s Lenten worship series on Adam Hamilton’s book, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life.

In The Walk, Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God and taught throughout the New Testament. Each of these practices is intended as part of our daily walk with Christ while also being an essential part of growing together in the church. Read more. . . 


During this season of Lent, our pastors will lead us in a study of the five essential practices of the Christian life as laid out in Adam Hamilton’s book, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life. If you, your family, your Sunday morning class or small group would like to participate in this six-week church-wide study of The Walk, you can purchase personal copies of the book this Sunday at the table in the atrium for $13. Read more…


Easter lilies adorn the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Dedicate a lily and a donation of food to Allen Community Outreach in memory or in honor of a loved one. $20 for a food donation and a lily.  Order forms can be found in the pew backs beginning March 1. Dedication and payment deadline is Palm Sunday, April 5.