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LENT is a Time for Children and their Families

- Carol Ann Weston, Director of Family Ministries


There are numerous ways in which children and their families may experience the church season of Lent.


Join the Journey

Each family is invited to pick up a Join the Journey poster with stickers to use throughout the season as you read a short scripture, pray, or do an activity designed to spark spiritual reflection. You will then mark the day with a purple sticker or by coloring it in.


Wednesday Evenings

After dinner, children from 4 years through 5th grade will go to the Parish House for Bible stories and activities exploring the ministry of Jesus. We will also be adding to the graphic novels they have been writing about the life of Jesus. They look forward to sharing them with you!


Sunday School

Both groups meet upstairs in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15. Guests and new students are ALWAYS welcome!

Gathering Time from 9:15 – 9:30 consists of prayer, often an emphasis for the week, and singing. We have been singing the Books of the Bible, which has been a fun learning activity. During Lent, we will also be using the United Thank Offering (UTO) as a way of talking about giving thanks. Children may bring coins to add to our box each week and also take a box home to fill with coins as they give thanks during this season. (Detailed information about UTO is in this Lay Reader.)


Godly Play: Children 3 years through 2nd Grade will be experiencing and responding to the Godly Play story series “The Faces of Easter,” a liturgical action story taking them from the birth through the resurrection of Jesus. This story enables

children to connect all the Old and New Testament stories and liturgical action to the life of Jesus and their own lives.


Older Elementary: 3rd through 5th Graders will continue to explore each week’s Gospel lesson through Bible reading, crafts, and games. These children have a heart for service and continue to make snack bags and blessing cards for the homeless and families who come to our Friday Outreach. Don’t forget to bring your Bibles!


SAVE THE DATE

Our annual Family Vacation Bible School will be June 3-5.


Each evening familiesor groups of mixed ages will enjoy Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks, and more! Using the book “Bear Came Along” illustrated by this year’s C.A.L.F. artist, we will consider 1 Corinthians 12 as we explore who we are called to be as the body of Christ.


Amanda Harbaugh is our VBS Team Chair this year and would love to have your input as we begin our detailed planning. If you would like to help with planning, please contact Carol Ann at cweston@ heavenlyrestabilene.org.


Mark your calendars and plan to start your family’s summer with VBS.


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