We are so excited to journey through Lent with you. This year we are pleased to offer 2 unique versions of Lent in a Box. Both versions will be another great downloadable resource for your church filled with activities and devotions to help your families journey through Lent together.
**Please note that Lent in a Box was not designed for the situation we currently find ourselves in with churches not being able to physically meet. Lent in a Box was created to help families journey toward Easter with the assumption that families would be participating with the gifting church for Holy Week and Easter celebrations. If you are looking specifically for at home Holy Week or Easter activities, please do not purchase.
If your church used Lent in a Box in 2019, you will want to purchase 2020 Lent in a Box. Otherwise, both editions are filled with interactive, all-age activities to help families grown together this Lent.
With this downloadable resource, your church will create pizza boxes filled with all-age devotions and activities to distribute to families to help them observe Lent at home. Everything a family needs to do the activities will be in the box (aside from normal household supplies like markers and tape). We have created the devotions and activities for you. You will need to print the materials, buy the supplies, and pack your boxes. The cost to buy the needed supplies to complete the boxes will be under $4 per box. Since supplies are purchased in bulk, the price will vary depending on how many boxes you are making.
2020 Lent in a Box Scope and Sequence – Each week includes a Hands on Activity, an Interactive Prayer Activity and an Encounter with Jesus Devotion. The activities and devotions are based on Lectionary Year A Scripture passages.
- Week 1, February 23 – Preparing for Lent, Burying the Alleluia (Psalm 141:3)
- Week 2, March 1 – Matthew 4:1-11
- Week 3, March 8 – Genesis 12 and 15 Interactive Prayer Activity Sample
- Week 4, March 15 – John 4:5-42 Hands on Activity Sample
- Week 5, March 22 – 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9 Encounters with Jesus Sample
- Week 6, March 29 – John 11:1-45 Scripture Sample
- Week 7, April 5 – John 20:1-18
Lent in a Box Edition 1 Scope, Sequence and Samples Each week includes a Hands on Activity, an Interactive Prayer Activity and a Hero of the Faith Devotion. The activities and devotions are based on Lectionary Year C Scripture passages.
- February 23 – Preparing for Lent, Burying the Alleluia (Ephesians 4:29, James 1:19, Psalm 141:3) Sample
- March 1 – Lent 1, Temptation (Luke 4:1-13) Sample
- March 8 – Lent 2, Perseverance (2 Corinthians 11:24-27 and 4:7-8) Sample
- March 15 – Lent 3, Repentance (Romans 7:15-25, Psalm 139:23-24) Sample
- March 22 – Lent 4, Mercy (Lamentations 3:22-23, Hebrews 4:15-16) Sample
- March 29 – Lent 5, Hearing the Call (John13) Sample
- April 5 – Holy Week (Matthew 28:1-8, Matthew 27:29) Sample
What they’re saying…
The depth, yet simplicity of it.
I love how this is so easy for busy families to digest.
There was so much that I liked about Advent in the Box. I loved the hands on activities and that all the supplies were in the box that you needed.
As a youth leader I enjoy talking to the kids about what they have learned.
I use the Advent box as my daily devotion during the season. The 15 minutes each day gives me time to reflect on peace, joy, hope, so that I am better able to show love to others during this hectic time of year.
I just wanted to tell you how thrilled my families were with the activities. They seemed to hit all learning styles of the children and the feedback from my families was very good.
We did the advent boxes for the first time this year and our families loved it! Looking forward to incorporating Lent in a Box and seeing what they think. This is such a great tool if anyone is on the fence.
LOVED that it could just be downloaded – a huge time saver.
The advent in a box quickly became a favorite family activity in our house. As with any step family, we are always looking for ways to connect across the miles. Sharing box in VA and one in CO afforded us the opportunity to connect across the miles and continue to share our passion for Christ.
This well thought out, creative resource for families provides an easy but enriching process for observing the season of Lent and exploring its themes of temptation, perseverance, repentance, and mercy; and practicing the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
I loved the content and the shopping list!
Lent in a Box…if you haven’t ever tried Advent in a Box, then you need to check this out now! The products from this organization are easy to prepare, fun and engaging for all ages, and great learning tools for churches and families!! We 💜 Family Ministry Tools and especially its creators!
We noticed that in this particular outreach many grandparents took a box for their children/grandchildren. A great way to reach out to the next generations.
This is a great tool to reach not only families within the church but also those in the community. I am currently making 200 boxes to share with the church members, children attending our children’s center and some extras for members to share with their friends. We are very excited to be using the Family Ministries Tools Advent in a Box this advent season.
Our family has used Advent in a Box for the past few Advent seasons. It gives us a time to come together as a family and reflect on the season as well as have some fun together. The projects are easy and we have some wonderful family keepsakes from these boxes.
Loved the list of supplies with the direct link or item number to purchase on Amazon. This was a life saver!
We loved the Advent in a box, and were very excited to open and do the next day. It is a wonderful family activity during the most wonderful season of the year!
Robin introduced Advent in a Box to Deep Creek United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, VA when she served as our Program Director. These boxes were an instant hit with the families of our church and children’s center. They served as a way to bring families together during a busy time of the year and helped them focus on the true meaning of Advent and Christmas. The activities had families talking and thinking about the coming of our Lord. We will be using them again this year. What a great way to disciple generations together!