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?

Give up:

  • 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.

Take up:

  • 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…


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