Observing Lent with Children
Photo Credit: Sherman Street CRC
When working with children, we often focus on the joys of Easter and can overlook the season of Lent. Similar to Advent and the anticipation of Christ’s birth, the season of Lent is a 40-day period before Easter that anticipates Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and his glorious resurrection. Lent is a rich time of anticipation as we await the event that is not here yet, but is sure to come, and celebrating Lent with children is important. It provides us an opportunity to be intentional with kids, talking with them about Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection.
Here are some thoughtful ways to help engage children with the season of Lent:
The Broken Pot is a seven-week children’s message series based on Isaiah 30.
Simplified Stations of the Cross tells the story from Jesus’ arrest to the resurrection and offers simple meditations and actions that even young children can participate in.
Try This at Home is a blog post that provides four family resources for Lent.
Lent in a Bag is one way an Ontario church created tangible Lenten experiences for kids.
Check out this blog post from Jellytelly that contains various discussions and activities that focus on Lent and Easter.