We’re heading into the season of Lent. In the Church world, this usually means a menu of adult education options and special preaching series.
But what about families? How do we encourage parents to keep a holy Lent in their homes?
When I worked as associate in Family Ministries, I always made sure we had special seasonal events for families. We gathered over a meal – usually on a Sunday – bringing all the generations together. After a short time of teaching, families then worked together on assembling a take-home project. The idea was they would work on the devotional or service project as a family during the Holy Season. The projects weren’t wildly original (think Advent Wreaths, Lenten Trees, Prayer projects and so on) but they did offer a resource and a reminder to parents that hey, we should be doing this seasonal journey with our kids, too.
But maybe you are not on a multi-staff team, or you serve in a small church. Your volunteers are few, your time limited.
You can still do something.
Creative Communications is my go-to resource for affordable take-home activities for families when a special seasonal family event just isn’t in the cards. It does take planning as you have to order far enough in advance to ensure the resources arrive at your doorstep in time. Nevertheless it is a do-able undertaking for the pastor of a small parish.
We have a good amount of kids in our little church, but my portfolio is large and our volunteers stretched thin. We can’t do it all, but we are doing this much: tomorrow, every family is looking forward to receiving a take-home resource for Lent.
You can find them here: http://www.creativecommunications.com/
(And no, I didn’t get paid to write this recommendation!)
EDITED TO ADD: shipping costs add up. I tend to order Advent, Lent and any other resources for feast days at the same time. If you only have a a couple of families in your church, it may be worth doing a joint order with other local churches to spread the pain of shipping expenses.