simplebooklet thumbnail

of 0
What is “Lent?”
Lent is the season before Easter where we try to “journey” with Jesus. His life, ministry
and death are remembered during this season. It’s also a time to look at our own lives
and draw closer to God. You may do this through prayer, meditation, reading, outreach
or something else. Anything that connects you to God is a great practice.
What is “Lent in a Bag?”
“Lent in a Bag” equips you with symbols of the season of Lent to help you have prayer
or conversation at home. This instruction sheet is two-sided, with one side for older
people, one side for younger.
Instructions for adults and teens: For your own devotion, daily or weekly, choose one
of the symbols to reflect on as you make your way through the season of Lent. Invite
those around your table or gathering to pick one of the symbols as a starting point for
conversation for the whole group.
Sand
Hold the bag of sand in your hand.
Read and reflect: Just between his baptism and the beginning of his adult
ministry, Jesus went into the wilderness, crossing the desert and rocky earth for
40 days, “to be tested.” What constitutes wilderness in your life? What have you
learned there? How do you know you have left the desert or wilderness for a new
life in Christ?
Rock
Take the rock out of the bag.
Read and reflect: While in the wilderness, Jesus was invited to transform stone
into bread. Though he resisted the temptation there and then, he became justly
renowned for feeding people who were hungry for food, or for love, or for a word
of encouragement, or simple acceptance. Might there be a stony place in you
that needs transforming? Some attitude or habit that, with a little attention, might
even become a gift for you and others?
Human Figure
Find the wooden clothespin figure.
Read and reflect: Because Jesus was, as we confess, fully human, he gets us,
understands us from inside our skin, and knows from experience that we’re each
capable of great things, Godly things. And no matter what we do, he keeps on
inviting us to join in his work, which has become our own work. This Lent, what
might you plan to do over these 40 days? When Easter arrives, will you reflect
Christ who lives in and through you?
Candle
Light the votive candle.
Read and reflect: Lent begins in the dimness of late winter and ends with the burst
of bright spring. Jesus is, according to John’s gospel, the “light of the world.”
That light, shone bright in the disciples, who chose to follow Jesus. Jesus insists
to us that we are the light of the world. So where do you shine? How do you keep
your light lit? How can you help “light” others “candles?”
Families, Children and Teens
What is “Lent?”
Lent is the season before Easter where we try to walk with Jesus. His life, ministry and
death are remembered during this season. It’s also a time to think about how God is
with us all the time. You may do this through prayer, reading the Bible, helping others or
something else. Anything that connects you to God is a great practice. Even walking the
dog, seeing the green grass or hearing chirping birds might be a way to be with God.
What is “Lent in a Bag?” “
Lent in a Bag” equips you with symbols of the season of Lent to help you have prayer or
conversation at home. This instruction sheet is two-sided and age-appropriate with one
side for older people, one side for younger.
Instructions for Families and Groups with Children:
Choose one night of the week and invite those to gather at a table. You can ask your
brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends to join you. Let one
person pick one of the symbols to talk about. Have someone read the reflection (words
in purple) or read it aloud to the group.
Sand
Hold the bag of sand in your hand.
Read and reflect: Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to be “tested.” The desert
is a dangerous place and Jesus was hungry, cold and tired. He was also tempted
and tormented, but he didn’t give up. When things get tough, how do we
remember God is there for us?
Rock
Take the rock out of the bag.
Read and reflect: While in the wilderness, Jesus was invited to transform stone
into bread. He knew he was not called to do this by God. He didn’t change the
rock into food. Later, Jesus became known for doing amazing things. He fed the
hungry, offered encouragement and healed people. When you are angry or sad, it
may feel like your heart has become a rock. How does that feel? How can you
help someone who has a “rock” in their heart? How does it feel to help others?
Think about a time where you helped someone.
Human Figure
Find the wooden clothespin figure.
Read and reflect: Jesus was human and God. This is a hard thing to understand.
But, Jesus knew that we could do good things on earth, just like he did. In Lent,
we are counting down 40 Days until Easter. What can you do to be more like
Jesus at home? At school? Everywhere you go?
Candle
Light the votive candle with your group.
Read and reflect: Winter can be cold and dark. Spring is a time where we think of
sunshine and flowers blooming. Jesus is called the “light of the world.” Jesus
told his disciples to be a light in the world too and make a difference. So where
do you shine? What do you think you are good at? What is your talent? How do
you shine bright? How can you encourage someone to see the good in
themselves?