This year some cherished Lenten traditions will continue and some others will change. Michigan Conference staff offer these safe and creative activities for churches, families, and individuals of all ages.
Lent 2021 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. The Michigan Conference staff are creating resources that will enhance the journey toward Easter for congregations and individuals.
A Lenten Resources page is now available. Here’s what can be found there to aid Lenten planning:
- Lent for families … Holy Week is significant in the life of children and in the church. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ministry around Holy Week and Easter may look different. This toolbox will have ideas, articles, resources, and more for ideas specifically for 2021 as well as general information and ideas that may be able to be adapted for this year. LEARN MORE.
- Lent for young people … Resources available for youth leaders and families with youth to use during the Lenten and Easter seasons. LEARN MORE.
- An Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Lenten Calendar … A daily calendar featuring resources that include a collection of activities, quotes, books, videos, etc. for our Lenten journey through the lens of what it means to actively engage in the work of anti-bias/anti-racism. LEARN MORE.
Recursos de Cuaresma Para Crear Cambios … Resources for creating change from our Hispanic/Latino Ministries. LEARN MORE.
- Statewide Holy Week Campaign … With most local churches finding it necessary to offer Holy Week services online, the Michigan Conference will launch a social media campaign Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. Targeted Facebook ads in 11 Michigan media markets will guide Michiganders to a conference webpage that lists and links local online Lenten services by city. More details coming soon. In the meantime, please take a moment to confirm your local church is listed correctly by clicking here. For updates or to add your church, please contact conference communications.
More resources will be added in the days to come. These include: a devotional focused on child hunger and an intergenerational daily journey through Psalms.
Holy Week resources will be available for download in early March including: a four-minute greeting by Bishop Bard; a complete Maundy Thursday service; and a complete Good Friday service.
Bishop Bard has also offered some recommendations for the observance of Ash Wednesday. Click here to view.