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I knew I wanted a fun, informal, social way to engage myself and others in sensory-rich faith reflection during this season. The result is a Spotify playlist, sourced from friends, and shared on an open platform.
As the calendar moved toward Ash Wednesday churches prepare Lenten programs. But what about the Sunday before Lent? Here's how I teach and show children the meaning of the season. Sunday school or children's chapel outline.
A new initiative by Forward Movement invites everyone to take up their Bibles this Lent and Easter. The Good Book Club starts with Luke and Acts.
Small group study for adults, The Christian Life Trilogy works for churches large&small. Digs deep into the power of the cross, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Decluttering, or tidying-up, creates in our homes a clean slate. By ridding ourselves of excess stuff, we have more of ourselves to give others.
From Joel to Matthew, the Scripture in the Ash Wednesday service resonates with power. Here are our top 5 favorites.
Bring the household together with a fire, confess and burn sins, share marshmallows. Honor the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday tradition.
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.
Interactive and age appropriate worship ideas to help children understand and experience Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Includes burning palms, writing intentions on butterflies, and more.
Looking for Lenten books or devotions for adults? Check out these resources for Lent, from five different publishers.
Five Christian publishing houses offer their latest Lenten resources for children and families.
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!
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?
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).