Friday, March 5, 2010

Perspectives from the Field: Engaging Youth in Lent . . . a Few Suggestions

1) Use a night of Bible study to teach on the purpose and practice of Lent

2) Have youth work with your chuch's worship committee on planning an Ash Wednesday service

3) Engage youth in theological reflection on their own personal practice of Christianity--forgiveness,commitment, love, piety, etc

4) Allow youth to explore, listen to, and reflect on music of the church appropriate for Lent

5) Give youth the opportunity to pick ways they will observe Lent

6) Have youth explore the practice of fasting

7) Develop a daily or weekly devotional for the youth, their families, and youth workers to use during Lent

Engaging youth in the practice of Lent can be a challenge if your congregation does not really observe it. For this reason, it is best to develop activities that can be supported by the congregation. Think creatively and be sure that plans are relevant to your context.

By Arionne Williams
Minister to Youth and Families
Metropolitan AMEZ, Kansas City, MO
Deputy Chair youTheology Advisory Board
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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