Using Lent as a Time to Grow
Lent Challenges are a way to learn new practices and focus on “doing something” instead of “giving up something.” Based on the Ash Wednesday Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer to have a “Holy Lent”, these challenges are designed to discover and try new things. Each time a task is completed, the child gets a sticker or other type reward on a bulletin board. The child, also, gets a matching sticker to wear. Once a challenge is completed, the child demonstrates or shows me.
I encourage families to do the challenge together and explore them together. Once all the challenges are completed, the child gets an invitation to a pizza party with me after Easter.
This can be done as a family-at-home challenge or done as a group class project on a week-night with other children.
Lent week One: Prayer
An explanation of what it is and why do it (if done at home, then an informational sheet.)
- Start & Close of Day
- Book of Common Prayer
- When worried about something
Other Ways to Pray
- Praying using a labyrinth or object
- Praying in a visual way
Writing a prayer-child writes prayer to be used throughout week.
Choose a prayer practice
Lent week Two: Community Service
An explanation of Baptismal Covenant and importance of helping others (if done at home, then
those closest to you
- Helping the earth
- Moving Outward
- County, State
Our project: choosing a project-
- What we will do
Lent week three: Study and Learning
What is it (studying scripture)
Why do it?
know, get help, understand
- To be able to interpret for ourselves
- To gain and grow in wisdom & faith
- To connect to God, Christianity, each other
- For strength, comfort, etc.
of Bible Reading-OT, NT
- Families read together
- Different translations
- Media presentations
Other Ways to Read and study
- With others, Lectio or other out-loud methods.
- Beginning to end
- Picking a certain Book or Chapter of the Holy Bible.
Choose one. Make a picture book for children showing what you have read or write a meditation on what you did for the week.
Lent week Four: Almsgiving
What is it and Why do it? (If sending home, send home informational sheet).
Obvious ways to raise money to give for a child
- Chores, Allowance
- Selling items a baked goods
- Giving up a food or other item and putting that money towards almsgiving.
Organizations-many different ways to give to charity
- The Church
- Episcopal Relief and Development
Pick a project and writing a plan paying for & set goal. Then do it.
Lent Week Five: Personal Practices
How do you live out your faith?
What does our Baptismal Covenant say?
Review the Book of Common Prayer.
- Faith practices
for one year, five years
- Write letter to self
Writing a mission/goal statement
Choose ways to help achieve