Experiencing Lent

Week 2 - February 25th

Read a book: A book for every week.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p5NWQW1EimHiKC8heAmpIxmqjvEDflad/view?usp=sharing

God Connects Us Color and Reflection experience. Click the link or copy and paste.https://docs.google.com/document/d/11QW1rVlrx8V0N4OgQUZwlYqp5BrhAdSXuq3dg7XOg-c/edit?usp=sharing

Movie Night  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXv-HEjSBIOzy32vlDdNwu8AZTBJXgdUM2TA8OmEJgk/edit?usp=sharing

Invite someone you do not know to lunch and spend time getting to know each other.

Write a journal of your days. Reflect on the good things in your life.

Spend time organizing a closet by donating good used clothing and household items to a local charity.

Create a Lenten Symbol for your home as a reminder that this time is here.

Do an audit of your recycling. Where can you increase and what could you use again or repurpose.

4th-week

Week 3 - March 4th

Read a book: A book for every week.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p5NWQW1EimHiKC8heAmpIxmqjvEDflad/view?usp=sharing

Movie Night  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXv-HEjSBIOzy32vlDdNwu8AZTBJXgdUM2TA8OmEJgk/edit?usp=sharing

Write cards of caring to shut-ins or to members of the congregation.

Deal with the rocks in your life. Have a handful of small pebbles to handle as you reflect on:

What are your stony places? How can you turn these into a gift?

Reflect on what you need to change and how to do that.

Bake something this week and take to a neighbor or a friend to say hello and glad to have you in my life.

Mandala for reflection

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Us_9V5QnZ-4Q3e3GfxxKeQUiz-2hYelY/view?usp=sharing

While shopping this week buy extra toothbrushes and paste for a donation site.

This week turn off all the extra lights in your home and talk about saving our planet and resources.

Week 4 - March 11th

Read a book: A book for every week.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p5NWQW1EimHiKC8heAmpIxmqjvEDflad/view?usp=sharing

Movie Night   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXv-HEjSBIOzy32vlDdNwu8AZTBJXgdUM2TA8OmEJgk/edit?usp=sharing

Idols    What are yours?   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RFMr4JBldekeer-5fvjWKJZKxaEs0szT/view?usp=sharing

Get in the Sand. Set up a small sandbox to play in during your reflections.

What is the wilderness in your life? What have you learned or might learn as you reflect on the wilderness times. The times you are alone in the dry desert. When do you need someone?

Call someone to share how it’s going or invite for coffee and conversation.

Take over a disliked chore for a family member this week.

Plan together a birthday party and shop together for needs and donate the party to foodlink site.

Take a hike in the park and pick up litter as you go. Reflect on the need to care for our earth.

4th week

Week 5 - March 18th

Read a book: A book for every week.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p5NWQW1EimHiKC8heAmpIxmqjvEDflad/view?usp=sharing

Movie Night   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXv-HEjSBIOzy32vlDdNwu8AZTBJXgdUM2TA8OmEJgk/edit?usp=sharing

Backpack to explore What do you have in yours?  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HP1k5dV70mXbkyAaD_5X_qIwsRUMkeuQ/view?usp=sharing

Plant a garden or some herbs. Continue to care for it and reflect on the need of care for gardening and the need of caring for each other.

Volunteer to drive someone this week or to shop for someone.

Shop this week for “socks”. Each family member can find something they would like and give to a clothing site. This can include men, women, teens, and children.

While out and about this week, offer to help someone carrying a heavy load.

Text someone this week you have been thinking about or someone you have not heard from in a while telling them you care.

Week 6 - March 25th - April 1st

Read a book: A book for every week.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p5NWQW1EimHiKC8heAmpIxmqjvEDflad/view?usp=sharing

Movie Night   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXv-HEjSBIOzy32vlDdNwu8AZTBJXgdUM2TA8OmEJgk/edit?usp=sharing

Put on your walking shoes and find new life in nature. Reflect on your feelings as you find new and old “life”. Take pictures if you love doing this. Reflect on what you see.

Purchase an additional day’s or meal supply of food and drop off at a local food pantry. Include something special for Easter.

Clean up an area at work, school, home, or neighborhood. Do it as a gift for the good of all.

Conserve water this week. Cut back on use and find ways to reuse if possible.

Special thoughts for Holy Week

Video with art, music and message. Listen and reflect.

“What Wonderous Love: Holy Week in Word and Art” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftg6NqHKxWQ

Emery and Chandler Universities presents

Read The First Easter” as a family. This is a children’s book but fun for the whole family.

April 1

CELEBRATE EASTER!

Sing “Alleluia”

6th week

CHOICES

Favorite Beverage, comfy chair, spend 5 minutes or a whole day.

The Advent Word Project

Ecumenical Photo Prayer opportunity. Post photo with the day’s word or prayer. Or just use for reflection of the day. Post to Facebook or Twitter.

Each day a different word for reflection.  Sign up to receive the word:

Advent Through Art

Visit the Loyola Press "Advent Art" page.

Advent through Music

Sing along with on You Tube “Silent Night Holy Night”. If you do not know, memories the words and music. Discuss the many meanings expressed in this hymn, i.e. night, babies, mothering and being a father. Do these relate to either your experience as a mother or do they resonate in any way with what you understand about being a mother or father?

Advent Through Family Activities

Read the book, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and discuss ways you can make your “heart grow bigger” through the season or watch the movie. Discuss the Grinch needing a bigger heart. How do you experience “love” this season?

Or watch either “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and have the above conversation.