Lent is just a week away, so hopefully your congregation has planned the programming and ordered the needed resources. But perhaps it came up on you too quickly or you are looking for a personal resource for devotion on your own.
Download these ideas I put together for Church Publishing’s In Service e-newsletter for February 2016: ChristianFormationIdeasLentYearC
Below are the resources I will personally be using this year. Brand new (for 2016), you may also want to consider them – there is still time!
Under the Fig Tree: Visual Prayers and Poems for Lent by Roger Hutchison is a short little book with an image and reflection for each day of Lent. Scripture verses are offered for each of the 40+ days also if you desire to dig deeper into the scripture that Roger focused on in creating his painting and poem.
Gather, Share, Remember is a Lenten calendar poster (pack of 30) featuring Roger’s art along with a scripture piece and reflection question for each day of Lent.
Lent – Our Way from Candle Press are free, downloadable pages, one for each week of Lent, that follow the Gospels and include an activity for families.
Growing a Rule of Life is this year’s offering from the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE). Thinking of God as the Chief Gardener of our souls and using a tool from monastic spirituality called a ‘Rule of Life’ we can explore and cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation. Just as stakes and lattices nurture the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. You can sign up to receive a daily e-mail (along with video) of the devotion, download the booklet, or order a hard copy for a minimal price. There is also a downloadable “Growing a Rule of Life for Kids” that was developed by the Diocese of Ohio!
While not new for 2016, Lent in a Bag was featured on Building Faith three years ago and is gaining in popularity. Created by Shawn Schreiner and Vicki Garvey, you fill a small bag (or other container) with little objects symbolizing themes of Lent (stone, sand, candle, etc.). A family can gather and create a meaningful practice together through the season. Subscribe to Building Faith so you can receive other updates and ideas for Lent and Holy Week in the coming days and weeks.
Check out past posts of Lenten resources:
What will your Lenten practice be this year?