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Good Shepherd Episcopal celebrates Shrove Tuesday with pancake supper

Good Shepherd Episcopal celebrates Shrove Tuesday with pancake supper

Community members enjoy the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper celebration at Good Shepherd Episcopal. This year’s supper takes place on March 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m at the church, 4140 Church St. in Covington. (Special Photo)

Community members enjoy the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper celebration at Good Shepherd Episcopal. This year’s supper takes place on March 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m at the church, 4140 Church St. in Covington. (Special Photo)

Bright colors, music and a Mardi Gras theme will greet guests at the upcoming Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Covington. Everyone in the community is invited to come and enjoy this outreach event as the proceeds will go toward local agencies that help those in need.

“The whole community is invited,” coordinator Beth Scarborough said. “It’s a community fundraiser. The funds do not stay at Good Shepherd, but are shared with the many agencies who help, including the food bank and Faith Works. Nothing is specifically designated, but the money does go back to the agencies.”

This is a long-standing tradition for the Covington church. For 33 years, Good Shepherd has hosted a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. This year’s event is set for Tuesday, March 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the church parish hall.

“It’s a traditional event like Fat Tuesday in New Orleans,” Scarborough said. “We’ll have a Mardi Gras theme and decorations and music. It’s quite festive. There will be Mardi Gras beads. We try to make it fun.”

Scarborough said guests are invited to dine in or take their supper with them. In addition to pancakes, there will be sausage, applesauce, juice, milk, tea and coffee. All the food is cooked in the church kitchen by volunteers and guests can enjoy unlimited servings. She estimates there will be more than a couple of hundred people in attendance.

“It’s a fun night,” Scarborough said. “Lots of churches do this, but I think we’re the only one in Covington that does this.”

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is marked by feasting and celebrating and precedes the observance of the Lenten fast.

“The religious significance of Shrove Tuesday is it marks the season of Lent, which is six weeks before Easter,” Scarborough said. “It’s a reflective time and is sort of a celebration to get people in a pre-Easter mode of reflection. It really is a time for evaluation and reflection before Easter.”

In Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

Shrove Tuesday occurs the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and officially ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the start of Lent. Traditionally viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday has become the last day for celebration and feasting before the period of fasting observed during the Lenten season. The name “Shrove” means to confess and receive absolution.

Scarborough, who is a junior warden at Good Shepherd, said she is just one of the 25 to 30 volunteers who work to make the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper a fun and successful event. Church volunteers cook the food, serve the guests and then clean up. Volunteers also donate money as well as time to prepare for the supper.

“This is a big event,” she said.

Shrove Tuesday pancake supper tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children; children age 3 and younger are admitted free. A family ticket is $15.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is located at 4140 Church Street in Covington.

Beth Slaughter Sexton is a freelance writer based in Gwinnett County. Contact her at bethslaughtersexton@gmail.com.