What is Lent?
Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. It’s the forty days before Easter. Lent excludes Sundays because every Sunday is like a little Easter. Basically, it’s about one-tenth of a year (like a tithe of time). Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday. This year Lent lasts from February 17th (Ash Wednesday) – April 4th (Easter) 2021.
At Jesus’ baptism the sky split open, the Spirit of God, which looked like a dove, descended and landed on Jesus, and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, My Beloved, with whom I am pleased.” Afterward, as told in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was sent into the wilderness by the Spirit, where he fasted and prayed for 40 days. During his time there he was tempted by Satan and found clarity and strength to resist temptation. Afterward, he was ready to begin his ministry. The number 40 also represents the 40 years the Israelites spent wandering the desert in the Old Testament.
During the season of Lent, we will have daily activities posted to our social media accounts, created by The Upper Room. Below, you can find links to Go Deeper Activities to try! We will update each week for the weeks activities, Monday-Sunday.
3.29.21- Follow these instructions to gather the supplies you will need to create candles, banners, symbols, and prayers that will help you to celebrate the good news of Easter.
3.30.21- Start making your cascarónes for Easter. Hollow out your egg (if you haven’t already) by gently removing the egg yolks and whites (as shown in this video). Rinse the empty eggs thoroughly, and let them dry while you prepare the dye. You might experiment with natural dyes; or you can decorate the shells with crayons and stickers before you stuff them with confetti. Be sure to have them finished before Easter!
3.31.21- Cultivate a spiritual rhythm for your life by praying the Liturgy of the Hours.
4.1.21- If a church in your area is streaming a Maundy Thursday service, encourage your family to gather for this virtual worship experience. Or light a candle, read the story of the Last Supper (Luke 22:1-27), and pray that each of you might learn to serve others as Jesus did.
4.2.21- Watch this animated video of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. (Parents of young children may want to view it first.) Talk about what is happening in each scene and how other people (especially Peter) respond to these events. Be sensitive to the way children and teens react to the story. Allow them to ask questions, and help them search for answers. Read Romans 5:8 and 1 Peter 3:18 to discover what’s “good” about Good Friday.
4.3.21- On this Holy Saturday, as you reflect on the crucifixion and wait for the news of Easter, take time to make a batch of hot cross buns. (This recipe uses frozen roll dough; but if you have a favorite bread recipe, you can use it to make your dough.) Consider making extra hot cross buns to share with neighbors.
4.4.21- Happy Easter!! Solve this Easter Word Search to discover the angel’s message to the women who came to Jesus’ tomb that first Easter morning.