In the church calendar, the season of Lent will soon be here. Lent is the 40-day period, starting with Ash Wednesday and ending with Holy Week and Easter.

A number of area churches will hold Ash Wednesday services for those who wish to begin Lent with some intention. Another way to get into the Lenten season is to attend the Greater Bay Area Ministerium Lenten Luncheon Series, which will again be held at the First Baptist Church at 95 High St. in Belfast.

This year, the series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 29 and as this year is a leap year, the theme for this year’s series will be “Leaps of Faith” and will include messages by area clergy.

The schedule for the Lenten Luncheon Series is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 29: “Master and Slave,” by the Rev. Arlin Larson (First Congregational Church in Searsport)

Wednesday, March 7: “Callings,” by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick (St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Belfast)

March 14: “Silence,” by the Rev. Kate Winters (The First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ)

March 21: “Dancing on Thin Ice,” by the Rev. Alan Shumway (First Baptist Church of Belfast)

March 28: To be announced.

The series is held on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to bring their own brown bag lunch to eat; beverages and dessert will be provided. All are welcome.

The Greater Bay Area Ministerium is presently made up of the following congregations: Belfast United Methodist Church; Church of the Holy Light of Belfast; First Baptist Church of Belfast; The First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ; First Congregational Church of Searsport; Frankfort Congregational Church, United Church of Christ; Mid-coast Christian Fellowship of Belfast; St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church of Belfast; St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church of Belfast; Searsport and North Searsport United Methodist Churches; Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast.

The vision of the Greater Bay Area Ministerium is that any professional religious leader in the greater Bay area may join the Ministerium, according to a press release from the organization. The focus for this group is not exclusively Christian. The purpose is to acknowledge religious diversity while gathering together for fellowship and collegial support and to be active in the community.