Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a season of devotion and prayer in which we make room for confession, repentance, lament—and for joy-filled hope. This online experience has been deeply encouraging to thousands of our extended community each year, and you are invited to join us!
A Night with New Room is a special evening of worship (Brenna Bullock and Bristol House), poetry (Lo Alaman), the imposition of ashes (Susan Kent), teaching (J. D. Walt and Dan Wilt, author, Jesus in the Wild), prayer (Anna Grace Legband), and more.
Hosted by Mark Benjamin of New Room, this is a night you will want to participate in.
Author, Jesus In The Wild
Director of Learning Communities, Seedbed
Pastor of Worship and Community Growth
The Woodlands Methodist Church
Poet laureate at Seedbed
Harvest Worship Leader
The Woodlands Methodist Church
J. D. Walt
Author, The Seedbed Daily Text
Executive Director of Experiences, Seedbed
Anna Grace Legband
Experience Coordinator, Seedbed
*Speakers subject to change
This event is free for everyone, everywhere.
Registration is required so we can deliver:
Groups: We leave it up to each community with regard to whether they will physically gather in homes or at church facilities as a group. To register a group simply have one leader register the group with an estimate of group size.
We would love it if people would participate in the event together with their small group, staff, or community.
This event is
Wednesday, February 22
6:00pm - 7:30pm CT
7:00pm - 8:30pm ET
How to Watch
CHURCH ONLINE PLATFORM:
With Church Online, you have the ability to engage in conversation and chat with other participants and make comments about the event in real time. This option also has auto closed captioning and auto translation into multiple languages. The link for the live stream is: https://newroom.online.church/
If you are wanting to play the livestream on your television through the YouTube app on Apple TV, Roku, or another Smart TV platform, this will be the best option for you. Once our stream goes live at 6:00pm CDT / 7:00pm EDT you can either use this link: Night with New Room on YouTube OR you can search “Night With New Room” on your YouTube app.
NEW ROOM WEBSITE (HERE):
If you have any trouble with either of the above mentioned platforms, you can always watch on this page (newroomconference.com).
The Imposition of Ashes
There will be 5-7 minutes of prayer and worship during this part of the program. We suggest giving each participant their own ashes upon arrival and allowing everyone to impose ashes on themselves, either individually or within family groups who are safely, socially distanced. One idea is to distribute ashes in small plastic communion cups. We also suggest providing individual hand wipes.
We don’t expect that participants at home will source their own palm ashes. We believe we can hold the beauty and symbolism of this tradition while also holding grace for our current circumstances. This event is less about coming with the right supplies and more about posturing our hearts towards God. Some ideas for sourcing ashes from home:
- Rubbing the wick of a burned and cooled candle
- Gathering dirt or dust from the ground and mixing it with a little water
- Pre-burning match or small piece of paper
A word about hosting a gathering with your band, small group, or church community:
While the design of this event considers that many will be joining live from home, we welcome churches to assemble groups in person as well.
The evening will be a livestream event with worship, teaching, and prayer that can be accessed via smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC and can easily be projected onto a TV or projector. The evening will include prayer to be led live by our team.
Even though we welcome you to host a group, we still encourage you to have each and every person attending register through the link provided. This lets us know how many people we have in total attendance, as well as allows us to provide each participant with complimentary follow up materials and links to the talks should they for any reason miss a portion or would like to view them again.