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Elizabeth Clark, National Rural Officer for Methodist and United Reformed Churches, puts the spotlight on aspects of poverty that are all too easy to ignore.

When we talk about poverty, what springs to mind? The homeless man begging in your town centre? Or perhaps a young family forced to use food bank?

Poverty has a range of guises, and is exhausting and demoralising wherever you are – but some forms of poverty are less visible and less well understood than others.

Read more: The challenges of rural poverty

Find a selection of resources to guide you through Lent

URC Northern and North Western Synods

Devotions for Lent
Following the success, and wide take up, of the Advent and Christmas devotions the North Western and Northern Synods of the URC have produced daily devotions for Lent. These will be sent out by email to those who sign up and also placed on the Northern Synod website. They run from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday.

Read more: Resources for Lent

The Revd Kevin Watson, Moderator-elect of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, invites us to begin the journey of Lent thinking about where we are going and who is travelling with us.

In Nostell Priory near Wakefield this painting by Pieter Brueghel invites us into 'The Procession to Calvary'. We join Jesus carrying his cross, hemmed in by crowds of people.

Ash Wednesday begins a Lenten journey that ends at Calvary. Brueghel's painting illustrates who we are going with – people clearly not all religious, respectable or moneyed; they are not the influential or the powerful.

Read more: Lent: the journey begins