2. If your service uses ashes to symbolize our humanity and sinfulness, explain that briefly to your kids before the service. Kids don’t need to understand all the theology and symbolism; they will figure that out in the years to come. But they will be able to understand being marked as God’s creation. (Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 3:20)
3. Starting with Ash Wednesday, and continuing throughout Lent, talk with your children about sin. We are all sinners. Talk about some of your shortcomings that don’t always reflect the heart of God or the example of Jesus. Share the good news that Jesus died for our sins and sent the Holy Spirit to help us live holy lives. Together as a family, discuss changes of the heart that each of you wants to work on. Pray about those changes as a family. (Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1–10)
4. Don’t wait until Easter Sunday to talk about the story of the resurrection. First, talk about what Jesus did during his life on earth: how he loved people, helped people, and pointed people to God. Then talk about how some people did not like Jesus, and they hurt him. The cross was a very sad event, but it wasn’t the end of the story. Use the season of Lent to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and his gift of eternal life. (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 5:9)
5. Turn up the gratitude in your house. Lent is not about being somber or sad for forty days. Lent is a symbolic journey from death to life, from darkness to light, from sorrow to joy. Celebrate God’s goodness. Take time to point out the wonderful ways he is working in your family’s life. Enjoy his creation together. (Psalm 118:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
The season of Lent offers a time for the entire family to reflect on God’s goodness and mercy. It give us a time to prepare our hearts and minds for the gift of Jesus and the sacrifice he made. It provides an opportunity to build a firm foundation in our children’s worldview by not tiptoeing around the hard parts of the Easter story. Observing Lent with your children can help them see how big God’s love is for them. So make this Lenten season a family affair! May God bless your journey of faith together.
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Mirroring the themes of The Crucified Life Lenten Bible Study for adults, each lesson of The Cross Walk Bible Curriculum for Kids highlights one of Christ’s Seven Last Words from the cross. Despite its serious theme, children are attentive and engaged with a mix of fun experience-based activities. Bible stories, videos, music, drama, crafts, and games all focus on leading participants to a deeper love and understanding of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and how it relates to their lives. The Cross Walk teaches valuable lessons on forgiveness, trust, caring for God’s family, and finishing the race strong!
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