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.

NOTE: This is a downloadable file only. Once payment has been processed, you will receive an email with a download link. The document is 3 pages in total.

The Ultimate Guide To Celebrating Lent

Lent for all Christians

I first heard of Lent waaaay back when I was about 20. That first year, I decided I wanted to try to give up something for Lent: sugar. That was SO hard. And to be honest, I didn’t really understand why I was doing it.  Since then, I’ve learned a bit more about Lent. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here are a few myths and truths: Myth #1: Lent is for Catholics.  Truth: Lent is observed by Catholics and Protestants. Lent is an ancient practice that began long before “Catholic” and “Protestant” were labels used by Christians. Myth #2: Lent is 40 days long.  Truth: It’s actually 46 days! Those extra 6 days are Sundays, when tradition says that you can break your fast. Myth #3: Lent is about fasting. Truth: Well, that one was partly true, but Lent isn’t just about giving up something.  There are 3 traditional Lenten activities: prayer fasting almsgiving What … Read More

40 Realistic Lent Ideas for Kids

The season of Lent covers the 40 day period before Easter. Each year it starts on a different date (because Easter moves around), although always on Ash Wednesday. It is said that the 40 days reflect Jesus’ time of fasting and prayer in the wilderness after his baptism. Many people sacrifice something during Lent (like coffee, sweets, or shopping) as a way to tune their hearts back to God. The point of sacrificing something important is to remember that God wants to be the most important aspect of our lives. When we come to depend on a sugary snack rather than prayer during the mid-afternoon slump, Lent reminds us of our waywardness and calls us back to our first love. Would you like to observe Lent with your kids? It seems like a very adult thing to celebrate, but it is possible to make Lent meaningful for children as well. The … Read More

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How To Help Your Child With Weather Anxiety Feel Secure

boy with weather anxiety in a storm

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books about heaven for kids

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Hooray! Your Sacred Pathways Quiz is zooming toward your inbox and will be there within 15 minutes. While you’re here, let me tell you about something super exciting! 00 Days 00 Hours 00 Minutes 00 Seconds These 9 sacred pathways will make your child’s faith explode (in a good way)Ready to find out how to guide your child into relationship with Jesus? For the next 15 minutes ONLY, snag the complete 110 page ebook (normally $15) AND the 10 supplementary teaching videos (each about 12 minutes long, not available anywhere else)for only $10! Buy the ebook AND videos now for $10! It’s never been more important for our kids to develop a deep, honest relationship with God. With more and more people leaving the faith, it’s important that our kids don’t just believe in Jesus, they KNOW and FOLLOW Jesus. The problem is, you want to empower your kids to … Read More

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Quiet ascetic child

Of the 9 worship styles for kids, a child that leans toward the ascetic lifestyle is likely a very thoughtful child, and may not be interested in sensory ways of engaging with God and the Bible. You could also think of this child as the minimalist. But when natural ascetics live a life of astounding simplicity, generosity, and sacrifice, the world can change for the better! Watch the movie or read the transcript (plus a few extra ideas) below for an astounding example of a famous ascetic Christian who changed the world. A few months ago, we did a family foot-washing ceremony to help our boys connect with what Jesus did at the Last Supper. One of our boys refused to participate. At first I tried to encourage him, but we both grew frustrated as he became more determined not to participate and I became more determined to make him … Read More

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intellectual child

 When I was a teenager, our church had a little Christian bookstore in it. One summer I received a gift card for the store, so I went in and bought myself a big old concordance. It was so heavy I had to carry it with two arms. My friend thought I was crazy, but I knew it would help me understand the Bible better.  What Is An Intellectual? Some children share my deep curiosity and find it easy to dive deep into topics that interest them. (Read about my experience with being an Intellectual in this article on how to love God with all your mind!) The topics may not appear to be “intellectual” as an adult sees them, though. In fact, it may look more like an obsession with dinosaurs or bacteria, but children who love to learn often connect with God in the same way. These kids may … Read More