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What’s in YOUR Lent in a Bag: Shared Photos!

Readers have been sharing Lent in a Bag ideas since 2013. Churches around the country have put their spin on ‘Lent in a Bag’ and we asked them to share with you! Check out these pictures of all the different versions from a wide variety of churches.

Dear Readers: Show Us Your Lent in a Bag!

Does your church do “Lent in a Bag”? Building Faith is collecting as many variations as possible. Send us a photo and we will post it next week!

Making Pretzels: A Traditional Activity for Lent

Making pretzels provides a welcome activity during Lent, while teaching about prayer, fasting, scripture and baking! Easy recipe included.

Daily Thoughts & Practices for a Glorious Lent

A series of thoughts/practices/prompts, one for each day of Lent. It’s a beautiful balance of the divine and ordinary; the sublime and the every-day.

Activity for Lent: Lord’s Prayer Tracing Cross

An activity for all ages, the Lords Prayer Tracing Cross is visual and tactile way to deepen prayer experience. Try it this Lent at church or home.

Building Faith Does Lent: 9 Helpful Posts

9 previous Lent posts for congregations and home full of reflection, liturgy, music, prayers and devotionals for the season.

Books and Music for Lent: Paraclete Press

As the calendar draws near to Lent, many churches and individuals are looking for books and resources for the journey. Paraclete Press has new offerings for Lent, as well as trusted favorites. From books to CDs… children to adults… there is something for everyone.

New Lenten Study: 5 Marks of Love

If we are ‘marked as Christ’s own,’ what are the ‘marks of love’ that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us? The Brothers of SSJE’s Lenten workbook for 2017.

Webinar: Planning for Lent

Your invited to this free webinar on planning for Lent. Big picture thinking and practical ideas with Matthew Kozlowski, Krista Lovell, and Sue Van Oss.

Group Activities for Lent: Prayer Loom and Prayer Net

Lenten group activities are intergenerational, flexible, and interactive. The Prayer Loom and the Prayer Net are two of our most popular experiential prayer activities.

Guiding Teenagers in Lent: Give Up on Giving Up?

Teenagers may trivialize Lent, or over-intensify it. Adults can help teens set goals for spiritual growth, not be afraid of failure, and draw closer to God.

Lenten Books and Devotions for Adults 2016

Looking for Lenten books or devotions for adults? Check out these resources for Lent, from five different publishers.

Lenten Books and Devotions for Children/Families 2016

Five Christian publishing houses offer their latest Lenten resources for children and families.

Growing a Rule of Life: SSJE Lenten Study 2016

SSJE has teamed up with VTS to produce a Lenten study workbook. Individuals or groups will explore a rule of life to deepen relationship with God.

Daily Devotions and Guides for Lent 2015

Still searching for a daily discipline during Lent? The six links below offer daily meditations, prayer prompts, and activities for individual and family.

This Lent, Add Instead of Subtract

Whatever you choose – adding or subtracting – the point is to do something that feeds your soul without draining your energy or making you resent the time. Be realistic, keep it simple and enjoy!

The Church Has Many Doors: Inviting Others to Lent

So…invite people to Lent! I know it seems a bit counter-intuitive, but it isn’t really. What do all the studies tell us that people in the U.S. want from religion or spirituality? They want a sense of mystery, silence, a connection to God and connections to others. How can you open your many doors and offer this to your community during Lent?

Creating a Lenten Prayer Space at Home

In a family with small children it is often difficult to know how to create a space to journey through lent together in a developmentally appropriate way. Our family has tried different practices and readings through lent, but the one thing that has been constant in our Lenten practices is simply creating a collection of symbolic items in a central place in the home (i.e. on the family table or on a stand in a main living area).

“All God’s Children” – A Lenten Program for all Ages

GenOn has produced “All God’s Children.” This five-week series offers activities, Bible Study, and group learning for all ages. Designed for Lent.

Books for Lent: Forward Movement 2015

As you no doubt know, Lent Madness is the world’s most popular online Lenten devotion. For people around the globe, the saintly smackdown is the very definition of Lenten devotion (and competition). Though it’s hard to believe, some people prefer a different approach to Lent, so I’m glad to share with you four other resources Forward Movement is really excited to offer you this Lent and Easter.