The season of Lent has begun! This Christian tradition started on Ash Wednesday (February 18th) and ends on Holy Saturday (April 4th) – the day before Easter Sunday.
The 40 days of Lent (Sundays are not counted in the 40 days, because Sunday is the day of resurrection) reflect the 40 days that Christ was tempted in the desert, and are a time of preparation for Easter. The focus of Lent is on self-denial, sacrifice, and simplicity; a time when Christians reflect on all that Christ “gave up” by dying on the cross. Many Christians use this time for fasting and prayer; as a period of spiritual reflection, soul-searching, and renewal, and many choose to “give up” something as a personal sacrifice during this period. The Holy Spirit ministers to our souls and changes our hearts… but our part is not passive! Do we cultivate the disciplines (like solitude, fasting and prayer) that put the plow to the ground for the Spirit to work? Having spent the first part of 2015 growing as Worshipful, Relational and Missional people through our “Kingdom DNA” series, let’s plant some seeds of discipline to allow the Spirit to grow us and our families into more of who He’s made us to be — fruitful followers of Jesus!
Below are some wonderful resources for families to participate together:
- Sense of the Resurrection -12 activities leads families through Jesus’ anointing to the empty tomb – Please email Melinda Woody for more information.
- Holy Week – using Story Book Bible Plan (babies/preschool Families)
- Recreate the Passover meal – Help children experience the Passover meal that Christ partook with his disciples as the last supper
- Easter tree – Similar to a Jesse tree at Christmas time, the Easter tree is a fun way for kids to celebrate and learn about the different aspects of the Easter story by placing symbolic ornaments on a homemade tree.
- Give up something – Lent is a time of sacrifice. Have each member of the family choose something they will give up during the season of Lent. Some suggestions: television, chocolate, a favorite toy, computer games, certain music.
- Make Resurrection Rolls. This is a favorite activity for my kids! Marshmallows represent Jesus’ body going into the “tomb” of crescent rolls. When they come out of the oven, Jesus’ body (the marshmallow) is gone!
- Act out the Resurrection Story, or Passion Play, as a family.
Share with us how your family is participating in Lent together. We would love to hear and see the pictures.
Don’t forget about other opportunities to be together as a family.
Mid-40 days reflective gatherings
Vista Dublin: Wed., March 4, 6 – 8 p.m. Come and go as you please | Dublin Rec. Center
Vista Worthington: Wed., March 11, 7 p.m. Griswold Center ~child care provided for gatherings
Easter Sunday Services Sunday, April 5th
Vista Dublin: 9 & 11 a.m. at Dublin Jerome High School
Vista Worthington: 9:45 a.m. at Marcus Theatres