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Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent

This year Lent begins on 26 February

  The season of Lent is like the time of 40 days Jesus spent in the desert.  He spent this time alone, fasting and in prayer.  During his time there, Jesus was tempted to choose a different way to God’s way but he resisted this.

  Have a look around your church and see what changes may have occurred.  You might see the altar cloths and hangings have changed to purple and there are no flowers around.  Later in Lent some pictures or statues might have been covered up.  In your school, your RE table might be purple too.

  During Lent Christians prepare themselves for the great festival of Easter.  It is a time to stop, think and try to do better in the future.  Christians remember Jesus’ total self-giving by either choosing to give up something during Lent or choosing to do something extra.

  Have you chosen to give up something or to do something extra during Lent?

 

Sorry Prayer

In this prayer, we say sorry for the times that we have gone against what God wants.

O MY GOD,

I AM VERY SORRY

FOR THE THINGS I HAVE DONE WRONG.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME

AND HELP ME.

 

I wonder  …

I wonder how you like to help others?

 

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I wonder how Jesus helped people?

 

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I wonder how you can make a difference in the world?

 

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Quiet Zone:  During Lent, we can think about the time that Jesus spent in the desert by being quiet and alone.  Here is a simple activity that you can do at home.

  Create a special space for your child/children, where they can each be quiet for a while.  Let them be quiet for a short time, but don’t be over ambitious!  Five minutes is a long time to sit quietly.  Let them have some quiet music and a picture to look at or a story to think about to focus their thoughts.  Suggest they listen to their own thoughts and ideas.  This can help them to become aware of their own “internal” voice.

  This activity can be repeated many times throughout the Lenten season.