Make Room: A Childs Guide to Lent and Easter by Laura AlaryWhile the Advent season is filled with fun and expectations, Lent can be hard for children. It’s travels through frightening places, loaded with themes of self-denial and death. How can children approach this season in a way that is meaningful and not frightening? Make Room presents Lent as a special time for creating a welcoming space for God. Other books offer excellent ideas for going through the Lenten season with children, but Make Room uniquely connects its projects to the story of Jesus. Simple and practical activities such as baking bread, having a neighbor over for dinner, uncluttering your room, and watching less TV become acts of justice and kindness, part of a life of following and imitating Christ, and a way to make room for God in our lives and in the world around us.
Other books tell the Passion narrative for young readers; this unique book integrates themes of hospitality and self-giving that echo Jesus’ ministry, Jesus’ entire life. Make Room invites children to wonder about the story, to encounter Lent with all their senses, and to experience activities in Lent as part of a life of discipleship.
How to Explain Lent to Children
Lent is the 40 days and nights leading up the celebration of Easter, in which Christians typically fast and devote their lives even more fully to God. The idea of Lent and the driving principles behind it can be difficult for children to understand. Instead of telling your child that Lent is about giving up sweets or refraining from watching television, spend your time communicating with your child about why Lent is important and special to your faith. Read passages from the BIble with your child about Lent. Mark discusses Jesus being the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights. You can also read passages from the BIble about Easter to remind your child about what your family is preparing to celebrate during the Lenten season. Communicate with your children about what fasting is really all about.
How To Talk To Kids About Lent
During most of my childhood, growing up in a liturgical denomination meant that Lent was about "giving up candy or sweets". I was taught that Lent is the season of self-denial and giving something up made sense, but it wasn't something I necessarily looked forward to. Lent didn't have the outward beauty of Advent, with its evergreen wreath, Christmas hymns and weekly candle lighting. It was somber. It was almost too reflective for a kid. What is Lent all about, anyway? How do we teach our kids it's more than just giving up candy for 40 days?
Lent , in the Christian tradition , is a period of about six weeks before Easter. It is a time in which Christians are supposed to be quiet and thoughtful, preparing themselves for Easter. They should pray a lot, give money to charities and give up some of the things they might otherwise do for pleasure. The period of Lent ends at Easter, which is a time of great celebration as the Christians think of how Jesus had died on the cross but then rose again from the dead. Lent is traditionally supposed to be forty days long. That is because the Bible says that Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness, preparing for his death and resurrection. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.