In the middle of the snowiest New England winter, it’s hard to start thinking about Easter. Today, Ash Wednesday begins Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally Lent is a time where Christians repent and direct our eyes to Christ.
I love starting something new, to recenter, to reconsider. Just as we adults need this, so do our kids. Like advent, Lent is a wonderful time for us as families to remember what God has done for us particularly looking at Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
Below, I’ve gathered titles of devotionals and music to use during the Lenten season, some geared for families and some for adults that can be modified to be used with children.
Trail to the Tree by Ann Voskamp- This free Lent and Easter devotional is similar to her advent devotional Unwrapping the Greatest Gift. You can download the plan, along with ornaments to make an Easter Tree at the bottom of the following blogpost:
Lenten Lights By Noel Piper- This is another free Lent devotional, to be used weekly. It includes instructions in using the tradition of the 7 lenten candles.
A Call to Live This is a free Lent devotional put out by World Vision. Each week centers around a different topic of how Christ calls us to live in response to what he has done for us. Includes scriptures, questions, and readings.
Devotions for Lent from the Mosaic Bible This very affordable devotional includes scripture readings, readings from Christian leaders throughout history, and paintings that all narrate Jesus’ life and journey to the cross.
Reliving the Passion By Walter Wangerin
Living the Christian Year: Time to inhabit the story of God by Bobby Gross
God is on the cross by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Music for Lent
Many bands have special music for the Lenten season. The 2 groups below focus on historic hymns and worship music for Lent and Easter. Their music can be found on iTunes and Spotify.
Page cxvi, Lent to Maundy Thursday
Ordinary Time, Around the Table, and Until He Comes
Throughout Lent, I’ll share some activities to do with children. There is no one way to prepare for Easter. Pick a simple ritual and begin a tradition that works for you. The most important thing is that Christ might become bigger in our lives and the lives of our kids.