Lent is a time of solemn preparation and reflection, as we look...
You can’t hurry Lent: it’s a game of give (up) and take (up)
March 1st ushers in a period of attempted abstinence and holy reflection (until we buckle and stuff our faces with chocolate!) but what should children’s and youth workers give or take up this Lent?
- Using glitter in every craft activity – Lent may be the time to finally wake up without unwanted sparkles in your hair!
- Dressing the age of your young people. You cannot pull off the same swag as a 15-year-old.
- Trying to beat your children or young people at snap, Uno, Top Trumps, pool or table football. Winning against a ten-year-old for the fourth consecutive week is no cause for celebration.
- Eating the children’s snacks. You do not have their metabolism or their dietry requirements.
- Time travel, Harry Potter-style, so that you can be in two places at once.
- (Even more) excessive caffeine consumption so that you can match the energy of your little ones.
- The enchanted flute (like Mr Tumnus in Narnia) to lull your children to sleep during particularly hectic Sunday school sessions.
- Weights so that you can lift three children and four chairs at the same time.
For some more serious suggestions…
- Christian Aid have some helpful resources for counting your blessings during Lent.
- Missio have put together Lenten assemblies and presentations that draw on Catholic social teaching.
- World Vision look at some spiritual disciplines over the Lenten period.
- Tearfund recommend a carbon fast over Lent to help reduce climate change. They suggest everything from removing a light bulb and growing vegetables, to customising old clothes and eating less meat.
- The Church of England have released resources for parents and churches around Lent.
- As ever, 40 Acts are on hand with 40 ways to be generous this Lent.