Coventry Cathedral’s website says this about Lent:
Why keep Lent at all?
Lent, the 40 days leading to Easter, is traditionally a period when Christians are invited to take time to strengthen and deepen our relationship with God, through a blend of prayer, simple living, and study. John Chrysostom said “No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others.
So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great”. This is a particular challenge if we think that Lent is mostly about reading a Lent book or giving up a glass of wine at the end of a long day.
The way we keep Lent should make a difference for others too – but ceaseless activism is not the key building our relationship with God either. It follows, then, that a good starting point would be to ask God to help you discern how best to use this time in which your relationship with God is your priority.
Lent is both private – for it focusses on the spring-cleaning of your soul – and corporate, for, as the Ash Wednesday liturgy reminds us, it is the season when together we learn to be God’s people once again.
If you are looking for ways to reflect / act during Lent, why not take a look at these webpages?
40Acts is a challenge to do a good deed each day, with a bible-themed outlook: https://40acts.org.uk/
Christian Aid Count Your Blessings challenge: adult’s version available to download: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-02/Lent%20Easter%202020%20Count%20Your%20Blessings.pdf
Lent 2020 reflections from the Church of England – link to add your details to receive a daily email with bible readings, reflections and prayer: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/lent-2020-church-resources