This Wednesday, February 18th, is the first day of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, is the time when we mark the time when Jesus is sent into the wilderness. While there, He prayed and prepared for what was ahead of Him. Likewise, the season of Lent can be presented to children as a time to pause, pray and prepare for what lies ahead of us. Each year, we provide our church families with a family friendly devotional to encourage faith conversations at home during this time.
If you are looking for materials for your family or for yourself, here are a few I’d recommend.
A Sense of the Resurrection
Blogger Amanda White, who wrote the popular Advent devotional Truth in the Tinsel, has written a resource for Lent. A Sense of the Resurrection contains 12 fun, hands-on, easy, meaningful activities to help your kids come face to face with the Easter story.
Family Lenten Practices Calendar
This free downloadable calendar written by blogger Traci Smith shares either a prayer, service or fasting activity each day. The activities can be adapted for children of all ages. In addition, she offers an adult calendar for purchase.
Holy Week Devotional
According to the What’s In the Bible? website, this devotional contains an 8-day family Bible reading and devotional plan designed to guide your family into a deeper understanding of the days of Holy Week and prepare your hearts to celebrate on Resurrection Sunday!
Each day includes 1-2 short Bible readings and a conversation-starting discussion guide, as well as a coloring page that illustrates the day’s Bible story. The Holy Week Devotional Download Pack will engage your kids in discussion, prayer and creative expression in the week leading up to Easter.
RESOURCES JUST FOR YOU
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Join author Margaret Feinberg as she reads through the Gospels this Lenten season.