Lent Resources

The season of Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, February 14.


As we walk through the 40 days of Lent with children, it’s meaningful to mark the days of the season together.  We search our hearts, shout Hosanna with the crowd on Palm Sunday, share the bread and the cup at the Last Supper, bear the sorrow of Jesus’ death on the cross, and celebrate the joyful day of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.


Lord’s Prayer Corresponding Activities

Click the link below the picture for the corresponding Lenten Devotional activities to the Lord’s Prayer


More Lent Resources

Click the link below the picture to take you to other Lent Resources to help guide you and your family.


Check Here for Ideas to Use with Children — this page will be updated with additional links, so be sure to keep checking back.

Here are supplements, including catechism resources, for each section of the prayer designed to help families have meaningful devotions in their homes.   “Belonging to God:  A First Catechism” PC(USA)

Families will also use items in their “Lord’s Prayer” bag (distributed beginning February 11 through Children’s Sunday School) to dig deeper into this prayer Jesus taught us. Lord’s Prayer Bag Cover Letter.

Why do we pray to God?  Because we were created to live with God, who desires the prayers of our hearts.  Our hearts long for God, for we need God’s help and guidance every day.  Q46

What do we do when we pray?  When we pray, we adore God, we confess our sins, we give God thanks, and we pray for the needs of others and ourselves.  Q47

How did Jesus teach his followers to pray?  He taught them the words of the Lord’s Prayer.   Q48

Our Father

What do we mean when we pray to God as “Our Father?”  As Jesus taught us, we call upon God like little children who know that God care for them and loves them.   Because Jesus prayed to God as his Father, we too can pray to God in this way.  Q50

When we pray to God as our Father, do we mean that God is male?  No.  Only creatures who have bodies can be male or female.   But God is Spirit and has no body.  Q51

Put away the Alleluias!  Print Alleluia Cards and Activity Directions

Make Prayer Beads to pray this prayer – Prayer Beads Directions  •  YouTube Video

Who Art in Heaven

What do we mean when we pray to God “in heaven?”  We mean that God draws near to us from beyond this world and hears our prayers.  Q52

Breath Prayer

Heaven: Acrostic and Scriptures

Hallowed be Thy Name

What do we ask when we pray “Hallowed be your name?”  We pray that God’s name will be honored in all the world and everywhere treated as holy, because God’s name really stand for God. Q53

Names for God Prayer Starters & Holy Poster

Names for God Domino Game Directions  •  Domino Game Dominoes

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven

What do we ask when we pray “Your kingdom come, our will be done, on earth as in heaven?”  We ask God to fulfill God’s purpose for the whole world.   We also ask God to make us able and willing to accept God’s will in all things, and to do our part in bringing about God’s purpose.  Q54

Crown Meditation and Matching Game

Shalom and Peace be with You  •  “Shalom My Friend” Song

Earth Stress Ball Meditation  •  Presbytery Missions Interactive Map

Give us this day our daily bread

Why do we pray “Give us today our daily bread?  Because all good things come from God.   Even in our most ordinary needs, God cares for us completely.  Q55

Coloring Mandalas with Thank You Prayers Exercise  •  Mandala 1  •  Mandala 2, 3 & 4

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

What do we ask when we pray “forgive us our sins (debts)?”  Telling God we are sorry, we ask God not to hold our sins against us, but to accept us again by grace.  Q56

Why do we continue with “as we forgive those who sin (our debtors) against us?”  Because we are to forgive others, just as God has forgiven us.  Q57

Bubbles of Forgiveness

I.O.U

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

What do we ask when we pray “save us from this time of trial (lead us not into temptation) and deliver us from evil?”  We ask to protect us, especially when we most need it.  We pray for God to free us from all desires that would lead us to sin and to shelter us from the powers of evil that may threaten us.   Q58

Cross & Tea Light Meditation

Sand Paper Spiritual Practice

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.

What does it mean to pray “for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.”  We praise God for being able and willing to do everything we have asked in this prayer.   We give ourselves over to God’s wise and gracious rule, because we know that God can be trusted to make all things work together for good, now and forever.  Q59

Find the Alleluias

Today & Tomorrow Responsive Prayer

Amen.

Why does our prayer end with “Amen?”   “Amen” means “so be it” or “let it be so.”  It expresses our complete confidence in God, who makes no promise that will not be kept and whose love endures forever.   Q60


One Great Hour of Sharing

A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping empower the poor and oppressed.

OGHoS Map  •  OGHoS Daily Activity


Talking About Death with Young Children

Certainly the Christmas story is an easier and more appealing story to share with young children than the story that builds and culminates in the death of Jesus.   Who doesn’t love the birth of a baby?  And so many children have shared the experience of having a baby brother or sister that they can actually related to parts of this story.   But death.  A gruesome death on the cross no less.  This is where the Lenten journey is headed.  Here are some helpful thoughts to encourage you to talk about Jesus’ death with your child in age-appropriate ways.    We can’t get to the Resurrection of Jesus without going through the sadness of Good Friday.   Read more…….


Gathering the Family for Lenten Devotions

A short and sweet devotional time together with the family is usually the best kind!  Using mealtimes or other natural gathering times may help hold children’s attention and set everyone up for a great experience.  Light a candle to symbolize the presence of Christ among you, and share a prayer together.  The most important thing is that you are taking time to be unhurried, quiet, at peace – a moment out of an otherwise busy day to spend some time being together, being with God, and reflecting on the meaning of the Lenten season.  As Christians in community, we prepare our hearts through the “waiting time” of Lent in preparation for the joyful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.


Lenten Devotions for the Congregation  — Our Father:   Sharing the Lord’s Prayer in the season of Lent

When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he began with the words, “Our Father.” From the beginning, our Lord’s prayer shapes us as a community of disciples. Prayer not only draws us into fellowship with God; it knits us together as one people who look for signs of the kingdom of God.

This Lent at First Presbyterian, we will pursue our mission in worship, education, and service to know Christ and to make Christ known.

In worship, our Sunday scriptures, prayers, and hymns will be inspired by the Lord’s Prayer and Pastor Todd’s sermon each week will be on a section of this prayer.

In education, resources from our confessions, catechisms and current books will be shared to offer insight into the prayer for those looking to go deeper.

In service, opportunities will be shared: to make offerings for the needy, to participate in local mission, and to go on mission trips. A particular emphasis will be the invitation to see and share signs of the kingdom in ordinary Christian service.

Throughout Lent, members are invited to focus on the Lord’s Prayer in existing small groups, or to join new Communities of Belonging established just for this season. Discussion guides will be provided.

Your family can gather together and find holy space throughout the Lenten season, as you count the 40 days (and 6 Sundays) of the season that begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14 and ends with Easter Sunday on April 1.

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