* Why are there 40 days of Lent?
In the 40 days of Lent believers unite themselves to Jesus in the
desert. "For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with
our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet
without sinning." Hebrews 4:15.
Lent is a special time of reflecting in prayer and fasting upon
the importance of our redemption and salvation made possible through Christ's
suffering on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. Many people give up
something they enjoy doing or eating during Lent as a constant reminder of how
Jesus gave up his life for theirs.
Ash Wednesday Craft: If possible, burn dried palm crosses from the previous
make a Palm Cross using green construction paper. If children are too young to
make their own crosses, have some prepared before class.
Discuss what it means to sin--disobeying God's rules with our actions,
words, and inward thoughts, missing the mark of being perfect--then have children write
their sins on their crosses. If
children are too young to write, have them draw their sins on the crosses. Take crosses outside and place in
a fire pit or barbeque
grill. Have an adult burn the crosses then stir to cool ashes (make sure
children do not get near the fire). While the
ashes are being prepared, read 1 John 1:9 and spend time praying and thanking Jesus for
dying to forgive our sins and then sing songs of praise. Once the ashes are cooled,
collect them and allow children to use the ashes to draw crosses on paper or
on their foreheads.
Copyright 2005 Sarah A. Keith
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