In the middle of a snowy New England winter, it’s hard to start thinking about Easter. Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday which begins Lent, the 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.
We welcome refugees Prayer Calendar
Download a weekly calendar for praying for Syrian refugees throughout Lent.
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
Behold the King of Glory by Russ Ramsey
This author has a lovely and engaging storyteller voice, perfect for reading a loud as a family. Really helps you see these stories in a new light.
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, Good Friday to Easter
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.