Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
“We join Christians around the world in honoring the Season of Lent. Lent is the forty-day season of reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. It leads us to the reality of Good Friday and the joy of Easter. Lent is a time to consider Christ’s sufferings and rethink how we are called to take up his cross in our world today. We usually associate Lent with repentance. But sometimes we forget what repentance really means. To repent is to change. It means that we allow God to change our minds and our hearts. It means we open ourselves up to the resurrected life.
People often talk about “giving something up” for Lent. But we want this season to be more than simply letting go of something. We want to drop some things, so we can pick up what God wants us to carry. Jesus set the pattern. He laid down his power and picked up his cross.” Pastor Phil
So what does that look like for Bright Beginnings Kids?
This Lenten season in Bright Beginnings, your child will be given three opportunities to begin their own journey of preparing their little heart for the miracle of Easter.
- Memorizing the Lord’s Prayer
- Scripture Memory Program
- Lent Calendar
Memorizing the Lord’s Prayer:
This will be our fifth Lenten season of learning The Lord’s Prayer in Bright Beginnings! It is amazing that such young children can memorize so much. Each week during Lent we will be focusing on a different section of the prayer and working to memorize it. You can help by reviewing each section at home with your child. To help our little ones remember the words, we will also be learning how to sign the prayer. Check back on this blog later this week for a video of the signs we will be using so that you can practice along with your child at home!
- Week of March 1st : Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your name.
- Week of March 8th: Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
- Week of March 15th: Give us today our daily bread.
- Week of March 22nd: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
- Week of March 29th: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
- Week of April 5th: For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Scripture Memory Program:
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 What a powerful verse! This is my prayer for every child as they “grow with God” and as a result, I have been diligently working on creating a scripture memory program for Bright Beginnings. The program will extend far beyond Lent; however, I will be launching it during Lent this year, so I’m including it as an option for your family as you journey this season toward Christ’s death and resurrection!
Your child received a Lent calendar tonight. I encourage you to hang it in a central location of your home and give it a try. I know your days are already full of to-do lists, reading logs, homework assignments, newsletters, sight words, rehearsals and practices, but this is so much more important than all those temporal things. Don’t get hung up on it’s “one more thing to do”; don’t stress out if you miss a few days (or a week), just take a step of faith and see where the Lord leads your family!
The calendar is a tool to help you introduce the idea of Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Easter to your children and guide them on their own journey of getting to know God and how Amazing He is! It’s alright to tweak some ideas to make them fit your style and forget ideas that don’t make sense for your family. The calendar highlights a Lenten symbol each week which we will be making in class on Wednesday nights, so the hard part is already done for you! I am simply encouraging you to “start small”; to take this small step with your children, while they are still young, that will facilitate conversation, encourage questions and begin dialogue, weaving Jesus into every aspect of their life so that He becomes a part of who they are and not just someone they hear about at church. What more could you want for your child during this Season of Lent?!
Will you join us?
So are you willing to drop some things during Lent this year so that you can pick up what God wants you to carry? Join us on the journey and commit to trying at least one of these options with your child over the next 40 days. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in your child’s heart, and in yours!