Lent Gardens – Synod of CNOB
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.
Visit the CNOB website for more details
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.
Lent & Easter at Home Kits – Building Faith
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.
Visit the Building Faith website for more details
Easter-In-A-Basket – Camp Kintail
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!
Visit the Camp Kintail website for more details
Lent at Home in Community – GenOn Ministries
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.
Visit the GenOn Ministries website for more details
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.
Visit the Salt Project’s website to browse their Lent resources