We are so excited to journey through Lent with you. This year we are pleased to offer a new resource to help families pray through Lent together using a psalm for each week as a guide. Prayers for Lent in a Box contains 7 Interactive Prayer Activities to help your families journey through Lent in fun and meaningful ways.
Forty percent of the book of Psalms is filled with prayers of lament where the authors are honestly sharing with God their anger, fear or disappointment. However, we rarely talk or teach kids (or adults) about how to pray when they are mad at God because of family problems, grandma’s death or their dog being lost. By not ever talking about these feelings are we unintentionally implying that they should never be angry with God? We invite you to walk through the Lenten season looking at how some of these lament psalms could help create a framework for more honest types of prayers and faith conversations at home.
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 is approximately $4 per box. Since supplies are purchased in bulk, the price will vary depending on how many boxes you are making.
Prayers for Lent in a Box Scope and Sequence
- Week 1, February 27 – Psalm 77 Sample Interactive Prayer Activity
- Week 2, March 6 – Psalm 56
- Week 3, March 13 – Psalm 13 Sample Scripture Page
- Week 4, March 20 – Psalm 69
- Week 5, March 27 – Psalm 12
- Week 6, April 3 – Psalm 22 Sample Interactive Prayer Activity
- Week 7, April 10 – Psalm 86
Prayers for Lent in a Box also includes:
- Instructions for writing your own prayer of lament
- Two versions of the Prayers Before Sleep bookmark (based on Prayers of Compline from the Book of Common Prayer)
- A playlist to help you sing through the psalms
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.