youth ministry lent 2015 photo a day - This is a great idea for Lent. Take a photo a day that will tell a story. You could get students to post Bible verses with the image to explain the photo challenge. - Journey to the Cross
Everything You Need to Know About Ash Wednesday: A woman prays after receiving ashes on her forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday at Saint Louis Cathedral, February 6, 2008, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In the Eastern Church, Lent begins with Vespers of Forgiveness on Cheesefare Sunday (the Sun before Ash Wed) & ends at sundown the Fri before Great & Holy Week. The Sun before Cheesefare Sun is Meatfare Sun. These days are part of Carnival & help us prepare for Lent. All of our meat is finished, then cheese (dairy) so we can fast from these during Lent. Great & Holy Wk has an even stricter fast. Lent is longer in the Eastern Church because it excludes Saturdays as well.
Lent 2014 - parish participation - bare branches and paper hearts and hands in baskets - "Lent is a time for a giving heart - it is the heart that gives, the fingers just let go" - parishioners write something positive they will "give" on heart and something negative they will "let go" on hand, then hang on bare branches
Lent 2013 Prayer God, I pray for my prayer life to become vibrant and strong in this season of Lent. I pray that Your voice, even though a whisper, would ring loud and true in my life. I pray for the courage and boldness to follow wherever You lead, to love and serve whomever and however You invite me.