Early Lent activities

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Help your kids experience Lent in a whole new way with these activities.

(1) Participate in a fun Shrove Tuesday (or anytime-before-Easter) activity that will help your kids find the thrill in Easter Sunday.

(2) Learn about sin, repentance, and forgiveness with this engaging (and short) Ash Wednesday activity.

Both activities can be done in the home or in a school/Sunday School setting.

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