Lent for Families

LENT AT HOME FOR BUSY FAMILIES  
Sign-up for some practical, easy family Lent lessons at home.  Pick from one of the following and sign-up with the provided link.  These are all free and will be emailed* to you weekly beginning with the week of Lent.  



LENT FOR BUSY FAMILIES
There are 4 activities associated with this at-home Lenten lessons.  You can request 1, 2, 3 or all 4 activities.  This is a great way to bring the whole family together or even invite the grandparents or neighbors to join.  Each lesson activity only takes 15-20.  You may format these activity lessons to best meet your family’s schedule.  You can do one a week or two a week or all 4 in one night.  Suggested idea:  Invite other families over and set up rotation stations for each activity.  Have pizza and enjoy a meal and fellowship together.   

Activity One: “Take Time” Game
This is a board game which allows families to discuss how they spend their time and the implications for their faith and Lent. 
Sign-up:  Take Time Game
You will need to fill in information (mobile phone is optional); click on Sign Me Up.  This will take you to another screen and click on the heading Take Time Game under LENT.  

Activity Two:  Little Lenten Living Boxes
Families prepare a box filled with slips of paper describing Lenten actions that they can pick throughout Lent to do.
Sign-up:  Little Lenten Living Boxes
You will need to fill in information (mobile phone is optional); click on Sign Me Up.  This will take you to another screen and click on the heading Little Lenten Living Boxes under LENT.  
   

Activity Three:  Our Lenten Calendar

An activity in which families choose what Lenten activities they will do this year. 
Sign-up:  Our Lenten Calendar 
You will need to fill in information (mobile phone is optional); click on Sign Me Up.  This will take you to another screen and click on the heading Our Lenten Calendar under LENT.  

Activity Four:  Almsgiving: Operation Rice Bowl
Families learn about Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls, who they serve, and how to use them.  We have the Rice Bowls available in the Religious Education offices. 
Sign-up:  Almsgiving:  Operation Rice Bowl
You will need to fill in information (mobile phone is optional); click on Sign Me Up.  This will take you to another screen and click on the heading Almsgiving: Operation Rice Bowl under LENT.  
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GOD’S FAMILY TREE:  TRACING THE STORY OF SALVATION
This is a six-week journey which families will focus each week on a thematic approach for communicating the message of Lent and Easter.  The lessons focus varied trees found in the Old and New Testaments as a focal point for telling the stories of God’s people as they struggle to find faith and hope for life.  Each lesson includes a theme, brief Scripture verse, a symbol and God’s people.   This is great, but not limited to, families with children K-5.  
Sign-up:  God’s Family Tree
You will need to fill in information (mobile phone is optional); click on Sign Me Up.  This will take you to another screen and click on the heading God's Family Tree under LENT.  
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JOURNEY THROUGH LENT:  WEEKLY SCRIPTURE REFLECTIONS
Beginning with Ash Wednesday and then focusing on the Sunday readings through
Lent, these weekly scripture reflections provide background on the Gospel reading,
insights into the 3 readings, reflection and reflection questions, Lent themes and focus along with opening/closing prayer.  This is ideal for families with children 6th grade and up and who want to delve deeper into understanding the Sunday readings.  
Sign-up:  Journey Through Lent 
You will need to fill in information (mobile phone is optional); click on Sign Me Up.  This will take you to another screen and click on the heading Journey Through Lent under LENT.  


ALL FAMILIES WHO SIGN UP WILL RECEIVE FREE HANDOUTS FOR VARIOUS LENTEN LEARNING AND IDEAS. 

*If you are unable to print out, we can make copies for you to pick up at the Religious Education Offices.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Kelli Olszewski, Pastoral Associate for Religious Education, at 704-720-0600 x722 or kellio@saintjamescatholic.org