Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which is March 1 this year. This year during Family God Time, we will be using a resource from St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, but with a Family God Time twist. It is called “Lent in a Bag,” but we will be creating our own “Lent in a Dish” projects. I thought of the dish because of the beautiful Lenten garden that my daughter created in Sunday School last year, and thought that there could be a way to use both resources to create something meaningful over the course of several weeks.
Because this project requires a bunch of resources, I thought it might be good to spend our devotion time before the first Sunday in Lent gathering these supplies as a family so that we will be ready to go when it is time. You can read more about the original “Lent in a Bag” resource here: http://www.buildfaith.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/in-a-bag-trifold-Cuthbert-4-1.pdf You can read more about the Lenten dish gardens here: http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/03/mini-resurrection-garden-easter-craft.html
Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to prepare for Lent. Help our time to be a holy time. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Luke 12:35-40
Read Jesus’ words about being ready in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A35-40&version=ERV
You can also find a chant with an easy way to memorize our focus verse for this week here:
Discuss as a family:
What are some special times of the year that you and your family get ready for?
How do you get ready?
Today, we are going to begin getting ready for Lent. What preparations do you think we might want to make?
Song: Prepare the Royal Highway
This song is usually sung during Advent, but we also use it in our church on Palm Sunday, so I think it works for Lenten preparation. This version was produced by a children’s ministry in Hopkins, MN, and I think it is a wonderful way to show what we are singing about as we sing. Enjoy!
Activity: Preparing for Lent
Gather the following supplies together as a family. As you do, you can wonder together about what we might use each of these things for. I recommend gathering enough supplies for one project for each child in your household, but do what works best for your family.
- A wide dish with a low lip. We are using terra cotta pot saucers.
- Decorative sand. I got mine at the dollar store.
- A palm-sized rock. You can also find these at the dollar store.
- Peach, white, or brown pipe cleaners. We will use these to make stick figures in week 3.
- A small candle or LED candle. We will use one size larger than a tea light.
- Quick maturing grass seed or sprout seed. You want something that will start to show in 7 days or less.
- A small amount of potting soil for the grass seed.
Gather these supplies together into a box or bag so that you can easily access each part when it is time (we are leaving the potting soil in the garage until we need it). That’s it! You and your family are prepared for Lent! We will begin our journey together next week.
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for this time to prepare for Lent. Lead and guide us as we travel through this season. In your name we pray, Amen.