How will you do Lent?

Posted by Liz Perraud at

How will you experience Lent in your church this year and include multiple generations? Not just people of a span of ages in the building at the same time--or even in the same room--but gathered to build relationships with one another. Intentionally.

Could you hold an Ash Wednesday worship service that is experiential and engaging where children and youth are not only participants but leaders as well?

How about a gathering around the table for a shared meal (midweek dinner or Saturday breakfast or Sunday lunch) with wondering questions about scriptures where anyone can ask and anyone can answer? If you have a very small group, could you prepare the meal together? 

Might you plan an intergenerational mission project to feed the hungry or thank community workers or send care packages to shut-ins?

Maybe a neighborhood prayer walk where all ages take turns praying for the people and situations you see as you walk or ride bikes.

Intergenerational means that there will be mutual investment by all generations gathered.

What will you do?

Doing takes planning and being purposeful. Dream. Experiment. Tap into the creativity of others. 

Start small. Be intentional. Just start. Bringing generations together for meaningful relationships, service to others and worship matters.

Here are some resources to help:

All God's Children: The Church Family Gathers for Lent

Family 'round the Table

GenOn's Pinterest boards

Starting LOGOS weekly ministry

Vibrant Faith: Faith formation plans

Picture Lent from LEC Family and Rio Texas Conference

Faith Alive: WE Curriculum

Illustrated Children's Ministry: Stations of the Cross Coloring Posters

Disciples Home Missions: Liturgical Resources

Building Faith: Prayer Loom and Prayer Net 


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