Lent Resources Egg-A-Day Challenge (2019)

The season of Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, March 6.


Lent EGGstravagant Love Weekly Devotions

Sharing EGGstravagant Love during Lent through the Egg-A-Day Challenge

The 6 weeks of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, offer families an opportunity to identify activities that they can “fast” from in order to create space to “feast” on remembering Jesus and sharing his great love for all.  There are 6 color-coded devotion cards attached to the egg carton you received as part of your family devotions. Inside are plastic eggs whose colors correspond to the card of the week.  Each devotion card provides a theme word, story from the Bible, and activities for the week.  Below you will find more detailed directions and on-line resources to accompany the suggested activities.

We suggest your family selects a time to do the devotion together. Gather and light a candle to remember Jesus.  Introduce and discuss the theme word, read the Bible story, and wonder together about how the Bible story helps you think about the theme word for the week. Select the activity or activities that you will do to practice living out the theme.  One of the activities is the KORE challenge, Egg-A-Day, and we are encouraging all families to choose that activity so that, together, we can feed the hungry children in Haiti – an egg a day provides much-needed protein and nutrients to their diet.

Together we are Hatching Hope – We are partnering with the KORE Foundation to “fill eggs, fight extreme poverty in Haiti.”  Read the details inside the egg carton lid.

15 cents feeds a child an egg purchased from a Haitian Farmer


Egg-A-Day Challenge Corresponding Activities

Click the link below the picture for the corresponding Lenten Devotional activities that supplement the Egg-A-Day Challenge.

 


Week 1:    March 10-17       

Theme Word:  TRUST
Activity One:  Trust Walk

The Trust Walk Activity builds trust, as blindfolded participants must rely on instructions given to them in order to avoid various obstacles.

To set up a trust walk:  be sure to scout out or create a safe area in advance. Indoors or outdoors:  minor obstacles (footstools, chairs, or trees, branches, small hills) are okay, but do not play this game in a dangerous environment (for example, anywhere with very steep ledges or sharp protruding objects). Once you have found a safe, large area, you can add additional obstacles if desired (cardboard boxes, balloons, etc.).

A family member will be a guide and another a participant, who will put on a blindfold.  Once the blindfolded partner is ready, slowly spin the person around a few times so that they are unsure which direction they are headed. Navigate the participant through the field with obstacles. From this point on, the guide should not touch the partner at all, but rely solely on verbal cues (e.g. “In approximately five steps ahead, there will be a tree branch. Go ahead and step over it slowly.”)

Remember that the guide is solely responsible for his or her partner’s safety. He or she try their best to steer their partner away from obstacles. Valuable lessons can be learned in teamwork and unity. For example, the guide will learn about the challenge and responsibility of caring for another individual’s well being, while the blindfolded partner learns to trust and rely on another person.

Reflection of the Trust Walk Activity

If desired, have a family conversation to reflect and share what you learned from this experience. The following are some sample questions to ask following the Trust Walk activity:

  • What was it like to be the “guide,” being fully responsible for the safety of your partner?
  • What do you think was the purpose of this trust building activity?
  • Did you have any difficulty trusting your partner while blindfolded? Why or why not?
  • Why is trusting your family members important?
  • How does trust affect our relationship with God?

Activity Two:  a song

The song Confidence by Sanctus Real.   Click here to listen.   (be sure to open the lyrics to read also)

Reflection of the song

  • What words in the song are meaningful to you?   Why?
  • How is confidence related to trust?
  • How does confidence affect our relationship with God?

Activity Three:  Love Your Neighbor activity —

Use the 5 finger prayer to pray for your family, friends and neighbors

Coloring page 5-fingered prayer

A.C.T.S. Prayers-Older children can use the A.C.T.S. Prayers. A stands for prayers of Adoration. C stands for prayers of confession. T is for Thanksgiving prayers and S stands for prayers for yourself and others -prayers of supplication


Week 2:  March 17-24     

Theme Word:  THANKFULNESS

Activity One:  Gather together for a traditional Haitian meal of rice and beans

Reflection on the meal

  • DID YOU KNOW?  Most children in Haiti eat one meal a day
    of rice and beans. Chicken is saved for special occasions like Christmas or Easter. 60% of Haitians live in poverty so they go to bed hungry a lot.
  • What is your favorite food?
  • Could you eat it every day?
  • What food would you pick on a special occasion?
  • At just $0.15 per egg or $4.50/month will feed 5 kids an egg each day purchased from a KORE farmer!
  • What are some things you’ve spent about $4.50 on this week?
  • Could you give up a prepared food meal this month?
  • What else can our family do without in order to help?


Week 3:  March 24-31

Theme Word:  GENEROSITY

Activity One:  Manna Bags for people who are hungry

What is a Manna Bag?  It is a bag filled with non-perishable snacks and personal care items shared with men and women you see on the street who need a helping hand. The name comes from the food that God provided to the Israelites in the Wilderness. (Exodus 16)

What do we do with the Manna Bag?  Manna Bags are small enough to keep in your car so they are quickly available if you encounter a child of God in need. Manna Bags can be an alternative to giving money. Manna Bags allow you to follow Jesus’ command to “Love your Neighbor” and help them when they are hungry and thirsty. They give your family a concrete way to help one person at a time.

Ideas of thing to put in the Manna Bag –use a gallon-size resealable bag

Bottle of water

Protein bars (soft)

snack-size packs of cheese or peanut butter crackers

raisins or fruit cups

You could also include hand warmers, warm socks or a stretchy pair of gloves in the wintertime or trial size personal care products like soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

What is a Sock of Love? A sock of Love is a sock filled with hygiene items or items that keep someone warm. Roll one sock into a ball and place inside the other. Now add items like lip balm,  hand or food warmers, hand cream, toothbrush or other hygiene items. Tie the top of the sock with a ribbon to keep all your items inside.

How can I make this a family project?

  • Your family can decorate the resealable bag with stickers and put a note of encouragement into it.
  • As a family shop for the items to put into the Manna bag or Sock of Love. Invite children to help choose what you will put in the bag.
  • Children who have money of their own may be encouraged to use a part of it to buy something for the bag.

Activity Two:  Generosity Cookies

Here is a simple cookie recipe to use to make cookies to give away. Children can help mix the dough and they can gently flatten the cookies before baking.

2 eggs                                  2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar                    2 tsp. baking powder

2/3 cup vegetable oil       1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp. vanilla                      1/2 cup decorating sugar or granulated sugar

Mix wet ingredients first. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Scoop a teaspoon size amount of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Grease the bottom of a small drinking glass. For each cookie, dip the bottom of the glass into a bowl of sugar (can use decorating sugar if desired)  and flatten the cookie before baking. Bake 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.  Makes about 4 doz.

 


Week 4:  March 31 – April 7

Theme Word:  KINDNESS

Activity One:  Random Acts of Kindness

Here’s a nice list or Google to find exhaustive lists!

Reflection on doing RAKs

  • During your family meal this week, have everyone share what random acts of kindness they did for others.
  • How did you feel when you did the RAK?
  • How was your RAK received by the other person?
  • Did you receive any RAK from another person today?
  • How did it feel to receive a RAK from someone?

Activity Two:  KORE Foundation-Hatching Hope

Read about the impact that KORE Foundation’s Hatching Hope program is having on Haitian children who live in extreme poverty.   Click here.

 


Week 5:  April 7 – 14

Theme Word:  BOLDNESS

Activity One:  Pray for people in Haiti who live in extreme poverty.   

Hatching Hope Statistics

Haiti Prayer Guide

Reflection on prayers

  • Is there a statistic that surprises you?
  • Statistics are numbers that help us understand how hunger and malnutrition affect people.  How do these statistics help you understand what it means to live in extreme poverty?
  • How can prayer be a bold action?
  • Are their other actions your family can do to take a stand against hunger and malnutrition?


Week 6:  April 14 – 21

Theme Word:  REMEMBRANCE

Activity One:  Foot (or hand) Washing

The practice of foot washing is sometimes used during worship on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, the night before Good Friday. (“Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, meaning mandate or commandment.) The foot washing is often part of the Lord’s Supper that recalls  Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before he was arrested. The foot washing preceded the meal. Later that same evening, as he shared bread and wine with his disciples, Jesus mandated remembering him whenever those items were shared. References to that meal are found in several parts of the New Testament.  We remember when we observe what we call the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

When Jesus washes his disciples’ feet, it is one of the most incredible acts of humility in the Bible. For many, this was revolutionary – the master was washing his servants’ feet. This act of servitude is the example that Jesus imparted to his first disciples and to those following him today.

Beforehand: 

  • Gather a bowl, a pitcher, and a towel. The bowl should be fairly large.
  • Decide which family member will be the foot-washer.  The foot-washer will not have their foot washed.
  • Some people may prefer to have their hand washed.

The foot-washing

  • Have everyone remove their foot gear from one foot (it doesn’t matter which foot)
  • To begin, a family member reads aloud John 13:1-11.
  • The foot-washer places the bowl under the person’s bare foot, pours water on the foot, and dries it with the towel.
  • The person replaces their foot gear as the foot-washer moves to the next person.
  • The foot-washing continues until everyone’s feet have been washed.
  • A family member reads John 13:12-17
  • A family member reads John 13:34-35

Reflection on footwashing

  • How did you feel when your foot was washed?
  • What do we learn from this practice?
  • What were you thinking about as your foot was washed?
  • Ask the person who washed the feet, “How did you feel when you served us like that?”

 

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