Resources for Celebrating Holy Week with Kids

April 6, 2014

I’m so glad Christine Sine at Godspace pulled together a compilation of Holy Week family activities, as it’s not something I have time to do this year.  GO CHECK IT OUT!

I really like the Easter Story Cookies

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One family -focused link I did come across recently and bookmarked is this blog entry from 2011:  Celebrating Holy Week with your kids.  Ideas and resources posted there include:

  • a Holy Week “Jesse tree” – ideas for ornaments and short devotions (Scripture verses) for each day of Holy Week
  • Some books / stories from Focus on the Family
  • Some recipes

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: Lent Resource Guide

March 7, 2014

I may have linked some of the featured resources in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen or linked this Index of excellent Lent Resources from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website.  Check it out!

LENT RESOURCE GUIDE


Two Exciting Resources for Lent

February 27, 2014

Regrettably, I don’t think my schedule will allow for much, if any, Lenten blogging this year. It would have been fun to do a special Lenten series this year in honor of Lent & Beyond’s 10th anniversary. (We began in February 2004 at the beginning of Lent.)

But with Ash Wednesday quickly approaching, I wanted to at least quickly post about two excellent Lent resources:

1) Let us Keep the Feast: Epiphany & Lent

This is a short booklet (64 pages) that provides an overview of some of the history of Epiphany and Lenten observances and gives lots of simple, practical ideas for how to celebrate these seasons at home as a family.  I enjoyed the Advent edition of this series. Jessica Snell, who blogs at Homemaking Through the Church Year, and who is a good friend of this blog, is one of the editors.  Here’s the Amazon Link

2) Lenten music: Lent at Ephesus, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles

When I logged into iTunes about 2 weeks ago, I was very excited to see a featured album of sacred music for Lent.   It’s a release of Lenten music by the Benedictine nuns at the Priory of our Lady of Ephesus.   I loved the album of Advent music these nuns put out two years ago, so this is sure to be another excellent choral feast of sacred music to aid in Lenten devotions.   I haven’t bought this yet.  I plan to download it next week if I can get a decent internet connection (our continual internet outages are yet another reason I’ve not been blogging lately…).  But if it’s anywhere near as good as the Advent at Ephesus album, it is VERY worth buying!  Here’s the iTunes link:  Lent at Ephesus


Holy Week Devotional & Family Resources

April 3, 2012

A few links to some resources that look helpful for Holy Week:

Presbyterian Pastor Mark D. Roberts  has a devotional guide /.series of reflections for Holy Week based on the seven last words of Christ.

He also has a devotional guide for stations of the cross

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Christianity Today:  Suggestions for Bible Readings and Family Activities for each day of Holy Week.

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Passionate Homemaking Blog has what looks to be an excellent Family Devotional Guide for Holy Week

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Children’s Ministry.Com has a short guide with ideas for Sunday School activities for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter

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This is a link I’ve posted before, but I want to repost it again this year:  the CRI Website has a good overview of Holy Week, including ideas for a Christian Seder.  The overview helps explain the reasons and traditions of various special church services during Holy Week.

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I will try to add to this list and welcome readers’ recommendations and links!


Lent 2012 – INDEX of ALL Lent Posts by Category

March 14, 2012

Last Updated:  Feb. 11, 2013

Below is an index of all of our 2012 Lent Entries, organized by their primary category, with most recent posts in the category listed first.   Note:  Because we posted an extensive collection of entries during Holy Week of 2012, I have compiled a separate Holy Week 2012 Index here.

You can find all NEW Lent Entries by using our Lent 2013 tag.  Also, you may enjoy our brand new compilation of recommended blogs and websites for Lent 2013.

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1. Lent Devotionals

A Lent Poem: Barnfloor and Winepress

Dean Munday: Living in this World Longing for Home

Living Out Lent – pray for a desire for what truly satisfies

George Herbert: Confession

Lent reflections: “Formed by Small Things”

John Piper: Lent or No Lent, Life is War

Pastor Ray Ortland – 10 Things that Most Matter in Life

Temptation is Personal, Not Generic

Bishop Mark Lawrence: Ash Wednesday Meditations at TSM, Feb 2012

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The Jesus Tree: A Lenten Journey Through the Gospels

March 7, 2012

Our previous posts on a “Lent cross” or a “Lenten Jesse tree” have been some of the most popular entries among all of the nearly 5000 posts at Lent & Beyond.

See here, and here for these previous posts.

A “Lent Tree” is basically a Lenten version of a Jesse tree with daily ornaments / symbols and devotional readings for each day of Lent

Last week I came across some new resources for a Lent Tree. Perhaps it’s too late for 2012, but I wanted to post information on what look to be very useful resources for the future. I have not checked these out personally, but they look like they might be worth exploring.

Here’s a blog post recommending this book and activity kit.
Amanda is also very helpfully blogging her daily reflections as she does this “Jesus tree” activity with her family. What a great resource!

Here is information on purchasing the book and activity kit.


Joe Paprocki’s 40 ideas for 40 days – a great Lenten FAMILY resource

February 23, 2012

Yesterday I linked Rachel Held Evan’s blog post with 40 ideas for the 40 days of Lent.  Today I want to highlight another GREAT 40 ideas web page – particularly for families.

Joe Paprocki at Catechist’s Journey has a wonderful 40 Ideas for 40 Days website – kind of like an online Lent calendar, with daily ideas for activities for children & families during Lent.

A few of the wonderful & creative ideas

A “Walk the Lenten Path” Lenten Calendar

A “Change of Heart Tree”

“Forty Crosses” (English or Spanish) – to track “good deeds” done in Lent

A Salt-Dough Crown of Thorns

Families, and Sunday School teachers check it out!


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