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Community Activities

Lenten Preaching Series & Waffle Shop 
Begins Friday, February 19
Presented by Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. 2nd St., Memphis

Calvary Episcopal Church launches its 98th annual Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop Friday, Feb. 19. Lent 2021 breaks with tradition with some speakers participating via recorded messages from a physical distance. Attendees for in-person services will sign up in advance, wear masks, and sit spaced apart from others. A new addition for 2021–a line-up of local musicians specializing in everything from the hammer dulcimer to the harp–will play preludes to a mostly empty house. And Waffle Shop will serve customers through pre-orders and take-out food.

Preaching Series
This year’s preaching series will be live-streamed at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and features national and local spiritual leaders from a variety of backgrounds and religions. The series will be live-streamed on Calvary’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website.

Waffle Shop
Calvary’s famous Waffle Shop will serve up homemade waffles, Calvary Salad Plate, the beloved and curiously-named fish pudding, and more Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 6:15. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance on Calvary’s website. All proceeds from the Waffle Shop support outreach ministries in Memphis. For complete information, please go to

Lenten Drive-In Movie Series (in-person, socially distanced) 
Saturdays at 6:30 p.m., February 20 through April 2
Presented by St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave., Memphis

Remember the drive-in movie theater? During Lent, St. Mary’s Cathedral is hosting a drive-in movie theatre, complete with popcorn, soda, and more in the parking lot. The sound will be available through your car radio. Admission is a canned food with a pop-top for St. Mary’s pop top ministries. We will show the following*

Feb. 20…Soul (PG)
Feb. 27….Coco (PG)
March 6…Oh, God featuring George Burns (PG)
March 13…Wonder (PG)
March 20…Case for Christ (PG -13)
March 27…News to the World, featuring Tom Hanks (PG)
April 2 (Good Friday)….. Risen (PG-13)

*Movies may change due to availability.

Please call St. Mary’s Cathedral with any questions: (901) 527-3361.

Prayer & Contemplative Study

Lenten Quiet Day (in-person)
Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Presented by All Saints Episcopal Church (Memphis)

All Saints will host a Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, March 13 (10am-2pm). This will be an intentional time of quiet reflection and prayer, with meditations based on Lenten imagery. All are welcome. Due to COVID restrictions, participants must RSVP by Sunday, March 7.

To RSVP or for questions, contact Fr. Jesse Abell at or 901-685-7333.

Lenten Evensong (in-person & virtual)
Sunday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Presented by Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Memphis) 

On Sunday, March 14, GSL will offer a Lenten Evensong with reflective and meditative music for the season of Lent, including the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis of Thomas Tallis. This service will be in person and livestreamed. Signup for in-person worship is forthcoming; please check GSL’s website for updates:

Saint John’s Silent Retreat (in-person, socially distanced)
Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to noon
Presented by St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3245 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111

Join us for a morning of silence, hosted by the Rev. Miranda Cully. We invite you to settle into Saint John’s campus and make room for the Holy Spirit to refresh and renew you. The retreat concludes with Eucharist at Noon. Email to sign up.

Palm Sunday Lenten Meditation: Julian of Norwich (virtual)
Sunday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Presented by Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Memphis) 

On the afternoon of Palm Sunday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m., the GSL musicians and clergy will provide a Lenten Meditation based on the writings of Julian of Norwich. Aaron David Miller has compiled her readings and set them to music and included some as spoken meditations in a work titled, “Light in Deepest Night.”  

This prerecorded service will be available as a live premiere on

Lenten Studies & Classes

Lenten Study Series: Women Worth Knowing (virtual)
Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. CST, starting February 18
Presented by the Episcopal Women’s History Project, a ministry of the Union of Black Episcopalians

There are hundreds of remarkable stories of women who have served the Episcopal Church with love, with persistence, with energy and with creativity. The Episcopal Women’s History Project (EWHP) is presenting a series telling the stories of six women who have made an impact on the Episcopal Church. There will be time for discussion and questions. The Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Barker, President of EWHP will be emcee. The sessions will be presented as a Zoom experience where there is room for all who wish to participate.

For complete information, please click:

Praying with Icons Study (virtual)
Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m.,  starting February 21
Presented by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Dyersburg)

Praying with Icons, a new Lenten Bible Study, begins on February 21. Offered online by Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dyersburg, this series of four meditations invite you to contemplate four historic icons: the Holy Trinity, the Virgin of Vladimir, the Savior of Zvenigorod, and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Discover how these ancient expressions of faith can help lead you in and through a Holy Lent. Watch our online video or visit our website to learn more.To join us on Zoom, click here, or call: 312-626-6799; Meeting ID: 812 1378 9838.

Love is the Way: A study of our Presiding Bishop’s new book (virtual)
Sunday afternoons at 4 pm, starting February 21
Presented by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Memphis)

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry became world famous when he preached at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Episcopalians already knew him to be a great teller of the story of Jesus. Love is the Way is his own story of how to put faith into action, and how to hold on to hope in troubled times. Facilitated by Jeane Chapman and the Rev. Tom Momberg.

For information and registration:

Youth/Family Formation: The Way of Love Through Lent (virtual/ in-person hybrid) 
Presented by Church of the Holy Communion (Memphis) 

Children, families, and youth are invited to join minister to youth Carter Webster as we follow the way of love this Lent.

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, we will walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption through fellowship, prayer, service, and community. 

Please contact Carter Webster, Minister to Youth at Church of the Holy Communion, for forthcoming information:

Other Resources & Opportunities

2021 Lenten Meditations
Available for download now
A resource from Episcopal Relief and Development

In response to the events of the past year, our 2021 Lenten Meditations share deeply personal reflections on the theme of lament from a diverse group of writers on a variety of issues including disease, violence, racial injustice and poverty. Bishop Phoebe is included among the authors included in the resource.

Learn more, download the guide, and sign up for daily emails
here: ttps://…/episcopal-relief…/

Personal Retreats at St. Columba Camp and Conference Center
4577 Billy Maher Rd, Memphis, TN 38135

St. Columba invites you to spend time in contemplation during Lent. Enjoy a hike on their 145 acres for a $10 per hour donation, or book of one of their two hermitage cabins for a private spiritual retreat. Cabins are $60 per person per night. Call the office to learn more or to make a reservation at 901-377-9284.

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