This year, our family is worshipping from home on Sunday mornings with our home congregation. Each Sunday, we prepare Communion, light a candle, grab our coloring sheets and colors, and make our favorite hot beverages before worship. I thought that during Lent, it would be good to dig out a practice from a few years ago, Lent in a Dish, and begin our worship preparation each week by adding something to our dish until we reach the joy of Easter. We will keep it in the living room, where we worship, and it will help us to remember our Lenten journey each time we gather there, no matter the purpose.
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 learn about Jesus in the wilderness. Help our time to be a holy time. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13
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=Matthew+4%3A1-11&version=ESV
We used the DK Children’s Illustrated Bible for our resource. You can purchase one here: https://smile.amazon.com/Childrens-Illustrated-Bible-Selina-Hastings-dp-0756602610/dp/0756602610/
Discuss as a family:
Have you ever been tempted to do something you shouldn’t? Tell the story.
Have you ever been able to resist temptation?
How hungry do you think Jesus was?
Song: I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
This is my favorite Lent song for kids. It gets the somber mood, but has a way to get the wiggles out. We held hands and walked in place while singing. Enjoy!
Activity: Sand Pictures
Last week, we gathered all of the supplies we needed for the whole Lenten season Lent in a Dish. You can find the supply list here: https://familygodtime.wordpress.com/2021/02/11/lent-in-a-dish-2021-preparing-for-lent/
This week, we need the dish and sand (and a pencil or stick).
We are using glass pie plates for our dishes, because they can be used for other things once Lent has concluded. Pour sand into each dish and allow your kids to make pictures in the sand with the eraser end of a pencil. Some suggestions include hearts, crosses, spirals, or hand prints. You could also ask your kids to tell the story of Jesus in the wilderness using the sand. We did this in the kitchen, because sand did kind of go everywhere. After they have had some time to play, remind them that this dish is going to have something added to it each week to tell the story of Lent. Place the dishes in a place where your family can see them over the course of the week. Ours will be in the living room on a shelf, which is where we gather to worship from home. You might choose to add your Jesus figure as well, either a wooden figure or one made from a brown pipe cleaner, to remind you that Jesus was in the wilderness.
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 learn about Jesus in the wilderness. Lead and guide us in the times when we are tempted to always follow you. In your name we pray, Amen.