Lent is the Christian season that takes us from Ash Wednesday (March 5) through to Easter (April 20). It is 40 days long (the Sundays are not counted) and is linked to the time when Jesus spent 40 days without food in the wilderness. It is a reminder that Jesus went through suffering, making him stronger and more trusting in God. Read the story in Matthew 4:1-11.
Some people today fast during Lent, or give up treats such as chocolate. They do this to help them focus on God. Some people decide to show God’s love by being more kind or generous during Lent, or feasting on acts of kindness. This is what Love Life Live Lent is all about!
FPC children & their families are invited to join the revolution this Lenten season. Rather than giving up chocolate or going on a detox, you and your family can make a different during Lent by undertaking an act of generosity each day.
Sunday, March 9, Lenten Kits will be distributed through the Sunday School. Inside you’ll find:
- The Love Life Live Lent booklet, which contains small and fun actions that can inspire and transform your family, your community, and the wider world. There are 6 types of actions interspersed throughout the 6 weeks of Lent. Something to do: at home or with those who look after you; at school or work; to help the environment; to help the community you live in; to help people around the world; to help you pray or be quiet.
- A One Great Hour of Sharing coin box. Some of the generosity actions will include making an offering. The offering will be received on Palm Sunday (April 13).
- A wallplanner you to use to count down the days until Easter.
- A bookmark containing Psalm 121. Pastor Todd will be preaching about this Psalm and challenging our faith community to memorize it.
Watch this Blog for on-line coaching throughout the season…..we’ll share other simple activities, prayers, and recipes as your family uses this season of preparation to slow down and connect more deeply with God.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi