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Lenten Activities for Adults – A Pause in Lent

The Fab Coffee Lady sent me the adult version of the Lenten activities.  They came from the Live Life, Love Lent book published by the Church of England. Traditionally I was taught to give something up for Lent, but I much prefer using the time to do good and as a time for lenten reflection. These Lenten Activities are brilliant and you can print them off and pop them in a jar, so you just pick one out to do each day. We also have a list of Activities for Lent or younger children.

As a family, we always do advent activities and I love the idea of carrying this out for Easter and adding in prayer and activities for kids too. Both of my Boys went to a catholic senior School and there was always a lot of activities for Holy week after Ash Wednesday.

I think we all have our own relationship with Jesus and if you choose to sacrifice over lent then that is a personal choice, I would rather do something positive to celebrate this season. I don’t want my children to grow up thinking Easter is all about chocolate, I want them to know why Easter Eggs are hollow and celebrate easter.

Lenten Activities for Families

  • Make someone laugh
  • Spend some time in silence
  • Have a meat-free day
  • Give up your place in a queue
  • Write to someone and thank them
  • Light a candle and pray for someone
  • Give someone an apple
  • Have a TV-free day and do something you have meant to do for ages
  • Turn off the tap when you clean your teeth
  • Go for a walk in your neighbourhood with a friend
  • Say something nice about someone behind their back
  • Feed the birds
  • Talk to someone new at church
  • Phone or text someone to say goodnight
  • Use local shops rather than supermarkets
  • Put a jumper on and turn down the heating
  • Buy a low energy light bulb
  • Leave a £1 coin in a trolley or where someone will find it
  • Find out about a litter clean-up and arrange to help
  • Watch the news and pray about what you see
  • Help a bug out of the house rather than squash it
  • Buy something at a charity shop and reverse haggle
  • Buy Fairtrade
  • Have a conversation with someone from a different generation
  • Ring a loved one
  • Plant seeds where the flowers will be seen
  • Hug someone who needs it
  • Give a friend a good book or CD
  • Find out about blood donation
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby
  • Talk to someone about why you go to church
  • Buy something for someone anonymously
  • Bake something to share
  • Miss a meal and pray instead
  • Find out about a church community project
  • Make a drink for a neighbour or colleague
  • Have a conversation with someone from a different culture
  • Make an Easter card for a neighbour
  • Use a buy-one-get-one-free and give the free one away
  • Only fill the kettle with the water you need
  • Do a chore for someone
  • (Good Friday) Read St John’s Gospel Chapter 19
  • Invite a friend to church
  • Share an Easter egg

I have been trying very hard to make sure I do one of these each day for the season of Lent.  I am finding it harder to process the Easter traditions with the children this year due to the death of my mum. Mini stopped me in my tracks by asking if Grandma was going to be resurrected, as she was such a special person to us. I have a really great easter story for children here.

I'm sharing Faith-Building Lenten Activities for you and your family.  Pick which activities are most suited to your family to ensure a meaningful lent.

We have this morning planted an ornamental plum in the front garden in memory of mum, which made me feel a little better about the fact that I have been unable to visit her grave (I am just not ready for that yet).

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