Lent is a time when Christians around the world begin a 40-day journey of intentional discipleship, following Jesus into the wilderness to discover who we are in light of who he is.
Lent invites us to take our faith seriously, and reorient all of our life to the good news of Jesus Christ. If you’ve never observed the season of Lent, this is a perfect time to adopt this ancient practice
Week 1: True Fasting
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?"
Week 1 Challenge:
Fast from social media or screens this week and ask God how He wants you to focus on reflecting Him to the world around you
What is the Matthew 25 challenge?
Week 2: "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat."
Week 2 Challenge:
Skip a meal each day this week and eat only rice and beans for dinner one night.
Watch Nyabol's story
Week 3: "I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink."
Week 3 Challenge:
Drink only water this week. No coffee or soda or otherwise.
Watch Shaima's story
Week 4: "I was a stranger and you invited me in."
Week 4 Challenge:
Sleep on the floor or couch this week.
Watch Victor's story
Week 5: "I needed clothes and you clothed me."
Week 5 Challenge:
Choose only 7 items of clothing (underwear & socks not included) to wear all week.
Watch Hani's story
Week 6: "I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
Week 6 Challenge:
As a family, reach out to someone you know who is going through a hard time by calling, visiting or making a care package.
Care package ideas for teens at the Wilco Juvenille Detention Center:
card games, journals, blankets, reading materials, good smelling hygiene products
Watch Nyabol's story
Week 7: Holy Week
Week 7 Challenge:
Take a 30-minute prayer walk around your school or neighborhood. As a family, walk the stations of the cross at church on Good Friday.
Maundy means "command" which stems from the "new commandment" that Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper in John 13. So, Maundy Thursday is the day during Holy Week that commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles.
To observer Maundy Thursday, try hosting a Seder Passover dinner (instructions) or washing someone's feet before dinner.
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. The objective of the stations is to help the Christian faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ.