The Season of Lent
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.
Do you wish to deepen your relationship with God? This Lenten program grounded in the Gospel of John is excellent for groups, with free facilitation guides.
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.
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).
“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth.” Building Faith offers ideas and inspiration for Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday.
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.
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?
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.