LENT 2019

What is Lent? Why do we celebrate it by giving things up?
Lent is a time of self-reflection and self-denial in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection during Holy Week.

Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, he spent 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4: 1-13; read this with the youth if you like).

We don’t know much about that time, other than the fact that he fasted and prayed and was tempted by the devil.

So, in the same way, we ought to spend time fasting and praying in preparation for our ministry of bringing the good news of the risen Christ to the world.

Our celebration of Holy Week often coincides on the calendar with the Jewish celebration of Passover.

In preparation for Passover, our Jewish friends must do a thorough cleaning of their houses and kitchens and get rid of all their old food.

The Passover meal must be prepared with all new and fresh ingredients.

In the same way, we ought to use this time of Lent to do some “spring cleaning” ourselves.


Traditionally, Christians will fast from something (usually certain foods or drink or certain activities) during the 40 days of Lent (with the exception of Sundays, which is a weekly celebration of Christ’s resurrection). This is to remind us of the great sacrifice that Christ made for us.

Celebrating Lent is not just about giving things up; it can also be about adding good things to our lives, as well as about serving others.

Below is a great way for you as an individual or as a family to set aside time to grow closer to God and share God's love with others.  Let's take steps this Lent to grow in our faith together! 
If you participate in any Lent practices, share your experiences!  We would love to hear how God is moving in you!  
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Lent Options

1. Participate in #PictureLent  Above is a list of words and dates.  Each morning, look up the word of the day.  Write it down and take it through the day with you.  Think and Pray about what God wants to show you about this word.  If you come up with a picture, share it on Instagram or Snap Chat or Facebook! Use #picturelent and #yumclent 

2. Sign Up for the Daily Devotion 

3. Participate in the Weekly Challenge found below. 
You can also find paper versions at the church! 

Week 1  FAST  3/6-16

Our daily lives are filled with amazing things.

LENT provides time to remove something from our daily lives and grow as Christians.


Personal: Find something in your life you can fast from for 1-6 weeks. Write it down.


Family:Discuss what you will give up. Commit to pray for one another.

Week 2    PRAY    3/17-23

It is a gift to be able to talk to God. We can spend time praying for others or ourselves.

This week:

*Write 7 prayer requests (vary between prayers for yourself, other, world issues, etc)

*Place prayers in a bowl

*Each day, pull out a prayer and take it with you. Pray throughout the day.

Week 3      GIVE      3/24-30

Did you know that the majority of the world lives on $2 per day for food? This week, take the $2 challenge!

Step 1: Decide how many days you will live on $2 per person


Step 2: Decide where you will send your saved $.


Step 3: Do the challenge! When you are hungry, stop and pray for those dealing with hunger.

Week 4    THANK  3/31-4/6

Nothing draws us closer to God than a thankful heart!


* Create a Thankful Tree or Board in your home. Each day, post 5-6 things you are thankful for. Be creative!


*Each day, write a thank you note to someone you know. Thank them for what they bring to your life.


Family Option: Mail all of the thank you notes on the same day!

Week 5   SERVE     4/14-20

Jesus calls us to serve one another. This week, commit to carrying out at least 1 Random Act of Kindness each day.

*On Day 1, write 20 Random Acts of Kindness (on separate slips of paper)

*Place each actin a bowl or hat.


*Each morning, pull out an act of kindness and look for opportunities to complete it.

Week 6 REFLECT  4/14-20

We live in a world of TV, Videos and instant connection.


This week, fast from all TV, Movies, Video Games, Social Media and internet use. (Other than what you must use for work or school)


Fill your time with relationships or quiet time.


Take time each day to read John's account of Jesus' last week on earth.

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Youth Ministries

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Yardley Pa 19067

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Yardley Pa 19067

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