Looking for a resource for Lent that is suitable for all ages and appropriate for people who are continuing to spend most of their time at home during this pandemic?
The Synod of CNOB has created six interactive virtual Lent Gardens that begin on Ash Wednesday.
People venture into each virtual garden (pictured right) by clicking on the various items they see on the garden slide (i.e., the library boxes, guitar, picnic basket or book on the park bench). Each item takes them to different resources: devotionals, videos, recipes, scripture readings, stories, music, gardening activities, and more.
The Lent gardens are free to use. Once you sign up, you can post the links to the garden on your congregation’s website or social media. The best way to see what they are all about is to try them.
Walk This Way: A Lenten Resource for Families – Laura Alary
Created by Laura Alary, the author of Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter, this resource is great for families looking to experience Lent as a time for spaciousness, freedom, choice, and participation in the transformative work of the Spirit.
For each week of Lent, Alary recommends a picture book and provides a brief written reflection and questions for wondering. As you read the recommended books, look at the artwork together, and share questions and ideas, you will find that reading with children is not only a pleasure but also a wonderful way to begin important faith conversations.
With so much of life happening online this past year, many families are looking for activities they can do offline together. Providing Lent & Easter kits for families is one way that congregations can support Christian learning and faith formation at home during this time.
This resource provides suggested intergenerational activities, crafts, prayers and devotionals to include in a Lent/Easter kit.
With another year of unique challenges ahead of us, Easter-in-a-Basket offers a meaningful and fun Holy Week and Easter experience even while we’re unable to gather together at churches and with extended families. Easter-in-a-Basket will hold eight mini-lessons, one for each day from Palm Sunday to Easter. These Holy Week activities will be low stress for busy folks, encourage family and community connection, and help you prepare for Easter. Over the course of the week, you will be creating your own Easter basket to help you celebrate Christ’s resurrection!
An Illustrated Lent for Families: Reflections on the Heart – Illustrated Children’s Ministry
This Lenten devotional, which includes Illustrated Children’s Ministry’s popular colouring pages, invites families to focus intentionally on the spiritual discipline of evaluating what the heart treasures. By exploring Gospel passages about treasures and matters of the heart, families will reflect on what kind of treasure matters to us, why we store treasures, and the power these treasures have in our lives.
Lent at Home in Community is an intergenerational resource of six sessions using the Psalms from the six Sundays in Lent from the Revised Common Lectionary. The sessions, written for all ages, can be done by individuals or with others within the same household. The resource is completely downloadable for a reasonable price, and whoever purchases it has permission to send it out (print or email) to all households in that church.
The Poetry of Lent with Emily Dickinson or Mary Oliver – Salt Project
These devotional booklets, created by the Salt Project, are a delightful way to engage in both scriptural and literary reflection during Lent.
In these Lenten devotionals, biblical texts and simple, accessible practices weave together with Dickinson’s or Oliver’s poetic vision, creating a 40-day journey into the heart of the holiest week of the year. Great for people who already love poetry and for those who want an introduction to the genre.
While these poetry devotionals are created for adults, Salt also has great Lenten resources for the whole family.
Again and Again: A Lenten Refrain (Creative Resources for Lent, Year B) – A Sanctified Art
Beginning with Ash Wednesday, this weekly devotional for adults follows the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B) through Easter Sunday. Each week offers: commentary, poetry, visual art, written reflections and colouring pages based on the theme of “again and again.” Along with the weekly devotional, churches have the option of purchasing additional art and resources connected to the theme.
St. Andrew’s Hall at the University of British Columbia—a college of the Presbyterian Church in Canada—has created a Lenten devotional guide. This free, downloadable guide has been created by a diverse group of contributors from within their community. Reading the reflections of this group of thoughtful and engaged Christian leaders is sure to be a wonderful addition to your Lenten season.