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Ideas for families

lentfamilyMany times we “give up” something for Lent and while this can be a very reflective practice for some, it is hard for a family to give up something together without it degenerating into complaints or a competition.  So try taking something on.

Take on:

  • Sharing 2 things you are thankful for today at the dinner table each night.
  • Serving/Visiting an elderly person in your neighborhood or church.
  • Raising funds for……….(food shelf, Feed My Starving Children, Operation Christmas Child, or????)
  • Writing letters to missionaries (you can continue this after Lent by committing to send birthday cards and holiday cards throughout the year).
  • Serving a meal as a family at a local soup kitchen
  • Compliments rather than put downs within the family during the 6 weeks of Lent. (Hopefully the habit will continue)
  • Devotional time together as a family. (Older children can even be asked to develop the devotion for one night.  This helps ease the difficulty finding content to appeal to wide age ranges)

Lent is a time of reflection and repentance.  May these ideas spur your family on to slow down and Ponder God during this time in the church year. May you be blessed and draw closer to Christ and to each other in your efforts.