A few years ago, the website Building Faith shared a great idea for Lent, Lent in a Bag. Members of RevGals have made some adaptations to the concept, and because it is a popularly-searched topic in our Facebook group, we are sharing it here on the blog, too.
Tanya Webster brought it to our attention in 2016, her second year of encouraging the practice in her Church of Scotland congregation. She described it as “my attempt to encourage Lenten reflection when we don’t have midweek services any more.” Over the past few years, Tanya created handouts to go with small items such as those pictured here in her “Lent in a Box” for 2016. The 2016 box pointed to gratitude for food (chocolate egg), water (blue pebble), people, love, nature and Jesus. You’ll find her sample handouts here: Lent in a Bag 2015, Lent in a Box for children 2016 (as pictured), Lenten Prayer Pack for adults 2017, Lenten Prayer Pack for children 2017.
RevGal Carla Blakley shared a photo with our Facebook group, writing:
I live in Canada and due to the cold, we cannot get paper white bulbs at this time (bulbs was one of the original items for reflection). Green bean seeds with a jiffy pot worked well as a substitution.
Other thoughts included setting up prayer stations with similar items, and perhaps inviting people to take one each week to add to their bag or box.
How are you marking Lent with the congregation you serve? Will there be midweek services? Share your thoughts about how this might work in your setting in the comments.
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