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. We also have new resource which focuses on praying through the season of Lent using the Psalms. Check out this new resource: Prayers for Lent in a Box.
**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, check out our resource: Holy Week in a Box.
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.
Lent in a Box, Edition 2 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 14 – Preparing for Lent, Burying the Alleluia (Psalm 141:3)
- Week 2, February 21 – Matthew 4:1-11
- Week 3, February 28 – Genesis 12 and 15 Interactive Prayer Activity Sample
- Week 4, March 7 – John 4:5-42 Hands on Activity Sample
- Week 5, March 14 – 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9 Encounters with Jesus Sample
- Week 6, March 21 – John 11:1-45 Scripture Sample
- Week 7, March 28 – 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 14 – Preparing for Lent, Burying the Alleluia (Ephesians 4:29, James 1:19, Psalm 141:3) Sample
- February 21 – Lent 1, Temptation (Luke 4:1-13) Sample
- February 28 – Lent 2, Perseverance (2 Corinthians 11:24-27 and 4:7-8) Sample
- March 7 – Lent 3, Repentance (Romans 7:15-25, Psalm 139:23-24) Sample
- March 14 – Lent 4, Mercy (Lamentations 3:22-23, Hebrews 4:15-16) Sample
- March 21 – Lent 5, Hearing the Call (John 13) Sample
- March 28 – Holy Week (Matthew 28:1-8, Matthew 27:29) Sample
What they’re saying…
Britt, mother of 6
Molly, an empty-nester
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.
Mike Plasters, United Methodist Pastor
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!
Wendy, parent of a 6th grader
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!
Heidi, mother of three
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.
Lindsey, a Program Director at a United Methodist Church
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.
The Episcopal Church in Colorado
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.
Lent in a Box customer
I love how this is so easy for busy families to digest.