I’m a traditionalist when it comes to seasons of the year. I embrace iced tea in the summer, pumpkin spice everything in the fall and insist on celebrating Thanksgiving before leaping into Christmas. So no surprise, I’m also into the seasons of the church year. We’ll be eating pancakes for dinner tomorrow on Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday/Mardi Gras and will do something to observe the season of Lent for the next 40ish days. Still, the whole Lent-as-time-to-berate-oneself doesn’t sit easily with me. Lent is a time to spiritually regroup and refocus, which means it can be quiet, loud, fun or somber depending on where you are in your spiritual journey. For kids, a mix is usually called for. With that in mind, here are 3 resources for celebrating Lent as a family. Two are kid-centric, the last has an adult and kid version. Enjoy!
- You know those times when you want to create something and then it’s dropped into your lap fully formed? This booklet from Creative Children’s ministry is just like that. Yay internet! This is a great resource for families, with one activity to do each week of Lent. It’s also free, so bonus!
2. There’s also this one, called Illustrated Lent, a Playful Lenten Resource for Families, which you have to buy but it looks great! Play, Eat, Grow has a helpful review. The family version is $10.00.
3. And for grown-ups, I’m super excited about this free Growing a Rule of Life workbook and daily videos from the Society of St. John the Evangelist. There’s a kid version and an adult version of the workbook, plus videos throughout Lent to inspire you. I’ve been following SSJE since Lent last year and their devotionals, sermons and seasonal stuff is amazing. Plus, you know me, I’m a big fan of workbooks that help you
straighten out your life live more intentionally.