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Ministry with Children Lent Resources

Children

Lent

Lent is the 40 days before Easter (not including Sundays) that are a time for reflection, spiritual practices, and preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Below are resources and links for parents/caregivers and local churches.

Lent Playlists for families are available here.

Children's Message for Easter

Download the pdf resource or view the webpage with links and additional information. 

Lent

2021 Lent in a Box Resource - includes Ash Wednesday and 5 weeks of prayer practices for families to use at home. Download the Resource

2021 Holy Week in a Box Resource - includes a "read, say, do, wonder, and pray" component for each day of Holy Week. Download the Resource

Resources for Families and Ministry Leaders

Dear Adults who are investing in the faith of children:
The resources below are intended to help you grow in your own faith as well as support the children you care for. Incorporate as few or as many as you wish and you have the time and energy for. You may have additional traditions or faith expressions that you want to incorporate as well. These playlists are here to assist and guide you.

Resources for Families:

Walking through Holy Week with Preschoolers - information and activities

Ash Wednesday bonfire at home

Learn about how to Create a Prayer Space at home

Make pretzels and learn about their meaning during Lent.

Coins for Lent Giving Calendar

#picturelent daily devotional

Journey Box from A Sacred Home

Read Make Room by Laura Alary ($)

This is the Mystery of Easter by Amelia Richardson Dress

Twas the Morning of Easter by Glenys Nellist ($)

Playlists to learn more about spiritual practices.

Resources for Ministry Leaders:

Lent in a Bag - Use the items in the bag as a tangible way to celebrate Lent

Faithful Families Lent & Easter Reflections from Traci Smith ($)

Lent Resources from Christine V. Hides (Subscribe to her email for the resource. I love her emails with great ideas!)

Weaving Faith in Lent by Christine V. Hides

Additional great ideas from the Rio Texas Conference

Lent at Home in Community from GenOn ($)

The Season of Lent from Emily Delikat ($)

Family Resources from Illustrated Ministry (coloring pages, family devotionals) ($)

Celebrate a Deep Blue Family Easter from Cokesbury ($)

Easter Egg Hunts and Community Outreach Events

How to Reinvent Your Easter Egg Hunt, for Good - ideas for a different kind of Easter Egg Hunt

Blessing of the Easter Eggs - ideas for a church/community Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Egg Blessing for the Home

Ideas for a Successful Easter Egg Hunt

15 Outreach Ideas for Easter from resourceumc.org

colorful easter eggs
Holy Week in a Box

Holy Week in a Box

2021 Holy Week in a Box Resource - includes a "read, say, do, wonder, and pray" component for each day of Holy Week. Download the Resource