This Lent, journey with Compassion
Do you wantÂ to learn more about what matters to God? This Lent, journey with us and become an injustice fighting champion by downloading our free family Lent resource, suitable for children of all ages.
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What is Lent?Â
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a time when millions of Christians around the world take time to draw closer to God and reflect in the lead up to Easter. The 40 days of Lent is when we remember the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, fasting and praying. It was during these 40 days that Jesus made the choice to work in Godâ€™s way, however hard that might be.
When does Lent 2018 start?
In 2018Â Lent begins on Wednesday 14 February. When Lent ends depends how you count the 40 days as eastern and western churches observe Lent slightly differently. In western churches Sundays are excluded meaning Lent ends on Holy Saturday (March 31). Eastern churches include Lent Sundays meaning it ends on Palm Sunday, the Friday before Easter. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week.
Lent for children
This year, Compassion is marking Lent with a free family Lent planner.
Packed full of fun Lent activities for children, Lent Bible verses, Lent prayers and Lent craft, the planner will help you and your family draw closer to God and discover his heart for those living in poverty.
If youâ€™re looking for how to talk to kids about Lent and teach them about poverty, the planner is ideal to help them start thinking about how much God loves them and how they can show that love to others around the world.
How you can be a part of Lent with Compassion
Joining us for Lent this year couldnâ€™t be easier. The quick and easy activities make it easy to fit into your family time, share with your grandchildren or use for Lent childrenâ€™s church activities. Why not print it out and display it somewhere in your home, classroom or send it to a friend or family member.
DOWNLOAD YOUR LENT PLANNER
Week 1 â€“ Godâ€™s heart for the poor: 14 â€“ 20 February
Did you know the Bible mentions poverty over 2,000 times? This shows us itâ€™s really important to God. This week, letâ€™s think about how we can grow our heart for the poor.
Read: Isaiah 1:17:
"Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.Â Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow."
Think about: What does being poor mean?
Do:Â Build and decorate a cross box template.Â Over Lent write ways you can show kindness and keep them in your box.
A Lent prayer about caring for others: Ask God to show you more of His love for the poor and how you can love other people more. Be encouraged by this collection of Bible verses about God's love.
Week 2 â€“ Thankfulness: 21 â€“ 28 February
There is power in a thankful heart, it brings joy and positivity. This week letâ€™s be thankful for all the good things weâ€™ve received from God.
Read: 1 Chronicles 16:34:
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."
Think about: This week can you find one person each day youâ€™re grateful for?
Do: Make a thank you card for one or all the people you thought about.
A Lent prayer of thankfulness:
Dear Jesus, thank you for giving me_________________. Help me remember all the blessing in my life. Amen
Week 3 - Lending to the Lord: 1 â€“ 7 March
Weâ€™ve learnt how much God loves the poor. They are so important to him that the Bible tells us when we give to the poor, itâ€™s like we are giving back to God.
Read: Proverbs 19:17:
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done." Proverbs 19:7
Think about: The ways you have seen generosity displayed in your family.
Do: Words of encouragement are a way we can give. If you sponsor a child why not send them a message or draw a picture?
A Lent prayer about helping others:
Dear God, please show me how I can help people in need in my community. Amen
Week 4 â€“ Seeking justice: 8 â€“ 14 March
God talks many times throughout the Bible about how unfair it is that some people are in poverty. Letâ€™s explore how Jesus acted fairly to those around him. Can you follow his example?
Read: Psalm 140:12:
"I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
and upholds the cause of the needy."
Think about: How do we know whatâ€™s right and whatâ€™s wrong?
Do: Design your own superhero to fight poverty! Think about what they will wear and what their super power will be.
A Lent prayer for justice:Â Thank God that He is a good and fair judge. Ask for help to be champions, defending those in need.
Week 5 â€“ Speaking up: 15 â€“ 21 March
God has given us a powerful way to help others, be bold and show kindness. How can you speak up for others around you?
Read: Proverbs 31:8-9
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Think about: Can you think of people around you who speak up for others? How could you use your voice?
Do: Make a megaphone out of paper and write Proverbs 31:8-9 on it to remind you to speak up.Â
How to make a megaphone
- 1 sheet or paper or card
- Felt tip pens
- Glue or double-sided tape
- A dinner plate and glass you can draw around
- Start by making your template. First, take your paper or card and turn it to a landscape position. Place your dinner at very top centre of your paper and draw an arch shape. Next, take your glass and place it at the very bottom centre of your page and draw a second smaller arch (so it looks like an upside-down smile). Use your ruler to draw lines connecting the left end of your top arch with left end of your bottom arch. Repeat on the other side so you end up with a fan shape.
- Cut out your template using your scissors.
- Using your felt tips decorate your megaphone with the verse from Proverbs 31:8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves".
- Finally, bring the two sides of your megaphone together to form a tube and use glue or use double-sided tape to secure. You might need a friend's help with this stage.
A Lent prayer about speaking up: Heavenly father, give me wisdom to know when to stay silent and when to use my words to defend someone from harm. Amen
Week 6 â€“ Gifts and Talents: 22 â€“ 24 March
God has given each of us gifts to make a positive difference to others. This week letâ€™s look out for opportunities to make a difference.
Read: Matthew 25:14-28
Think about: What unique and special gifts has God given you? How can you use them to positive difference?
Do: Draw a picture of yourself and around the page write your talents.
A Lent prayer about making a difference:Â Dear God, please help me to make a positive difference so I can display your love and make others smile when they feel sad.
Week 7 â€“ Loving Others: 25 March â€“ 1 April
Loving other people can be really hard. God showed us the most amazing love by sending His Son to die and defeat death, coming back to life, to save us from our sins. Because of Him, we can be friends with God.
Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Think about: Using the verse, make two lists - what love is and what love isnâ€™t. How can you treat people more with the list of things that love is?
Do:Â Download kindness coupons and give them to friends and family as presents.Â
A Lent prayer about showing God's love: Ask God for His help to love others when we find it hard, either at home or at school.
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