The Season of Lent

Lent Articles

Pancake Supper Survival Guide

You agreed in a pre-pageant haze to take over this year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Lent seemed so far away… Now it’s around the corner. We can help. Tips, plus free downloads for placemat and tri-fold.

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Lent in a Bag: An Activity for Church or Home

We have discovered that distributing small bags (cloth or ziplock bags) with symbols of the season assists individuals and families to “practice” Lent at home. Instructions, reflections (on purple paper) to go with each item, and materials are placed inside.

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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).

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Books & Music for Lent from 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.

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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!

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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?

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Lenten Books & Resources from Forward Movement

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.

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What Do Teens Say About Lent?

At Building Faith, we are interested in the length and breadth of Christian formation. As educators, we form disciples who will listen for God’s voice and do God’s work in the world, and we often concentrate on adult education and young children.

Teenagers, however, are notoriously elusive – they’re most likely to tell us what they think we want to hear, even if what we really want to hear is deep in their heart. Jane Gober, who ministers to teens in the Diocese of Spokane, provided us with a small survey and some research on teens and Lent.

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Lent Madness

Here’s how it works: on the weekdays of Lent information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints, and then participants vote to determine who goes on to the next round. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as people read about and then vote for their favorite saint. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and then winner is awarded the Golden Halo.

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Lent in a Bag: An Activity for Church or Home

We have discovered that distributing small bags (cloth or ziplock bags) with symbols of the season assists individuals and families to “practice” Lent at home. Instructions, reflections (on purple paper) to go with each item, and materials are placed inside.

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