Sarah Gregory is the Communications Coordinator for CEF. Sarah has a MACE from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. She writes as a freelance writer for Deep Blue Rotations and has worked in local churches as a Director of Discipleship, Worship Leader, and Nursing Home Chaplain.
Finding the right resources for Lent and Easter for your community can be challenging. I have highlighted five that I think work well for bridging age gaps and uniting the entire congregation. What resources are you using?
#Picturelent is a free online resource. It is a joint project between Rio Texas and Michigan Annual conference with sponsorship by Deep Blue Connect and Sparkhouse Publishing House. #Picturelent is a daily online devotional and picture challenge for social media users. Each devotional encourages action and questions, making the resource flexible for small groups, personal devotions, and online communities. (Full disclosure, I wrote the entry for April 17th this year.)
Illustrated Children’s Ministry Lenten Coloring Projects are not just for kids. Entire churches can gather to bring color and life to the vibrant and modern coloring sheets. When I was a Director of Discipleship, I used the coloring sheets with small groups of all ages, then posted the finished work throughout the church at Easter to bring a little color to the sanctuary and hallways.
Celebrate a Deep Blue Family Easter Books–-These affordable Easter booklets feature the Deep Blue Kids on an egg hunt. The story features the symbol of the Easter Egg and helps children understand the story of Easter. New this year to the Easter Books, families will find discussion questions inside to guide the whole family through the story together. If your church does an Easter Egg hunt, consider getting these books as a way to tie together your joyful celebration and the Easter story.
Free Lenten Coloring Calendar by Kathy Wadsley have been featured on our website before and for good reason. The Calendars correspond to the Lenten readings and guide users through scriptures for their Lenten practices. You can find the coloring calendars in English of Spanish.
The CEF Lent Resources Blog Post– These resources posted in 2018 still offer incredible insight guidance and ideas. Consider Lent in a bag, Lenten picture books, holy week activities, or intergenerational lent events.
Want to know more about Lenten theology and practice? Check out these great resources.
Lent Worship Planning by Discipleship Ministries
Lent 101 by Upper Room
Ash Wednesday for Kids by Discipleship Ministries