Ordinary time makes up the bulk of our church year. In Godly Play, this time is called "the green, growing Sundays". This is a good time to think about how to strengthen your base for intergenerational worship, supporting families in practicing faith at home, opportunities for your church community to connect meaningfully beyond Sunday morning, and whatever else shapes the lifelong formation of your church community.
Here are a few suggestions:
The guide provides meaningful engagement with the biblical narrative and the creation of a single piece of artwork that tells the Easter story. Using this guide, families will make space (at least 30 min) on each of the three major Easter days – Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter to pray, read, and create together as a family. It will prompt at-home conversations, equip families to create something meaningful, and help them engage Easter together in a visual, tactile, and refreshing way!
Lenten Letters in a Box - This resource is designed to equip parishes to create boxes with everything that a family needs to engage in Lent in an intentional and creative way through a series of letters and activities. We put this together in 2021, and have updated it a bit for 2022. Even if you used it in your parish last year, it's still a great gift to offer the families in your community.
Pinterest - We've got some creative options pinned to our Lent Pinterest Board.
Lent Madness - This is a lighthearted Lent offering, a showdown of the Saints of sorts. Each day two Saints will "face-off", you can check out the site, learn more about them, and vote for who you think should move on to the next round.
Love Builds Up - A 40-Day Family Challenge. Here’s the challenge: For each of the six weeks of Lent, spend some time at the beginning of the week (Sunday night, maybe?) reading that week’s Bible passage together. Talk as a family about the suggested topic, using the devotional’s optional conversation prompts if you like. Commit to taking on an action or practice for that week - and then just watch as the Realm of God fills, strengthens, and beautifies your house and the world!
Stations of the Cross for Children - The Rev'd Patti Brace put this together and has generously allowed us to share it here. It's creative, interactive, and a great way to engage children and families.