» Youth News for February

Activities for Living Into Lent

  • Remove something from your calendar and spend that time with your family.
  • Blessing: parents, bless your children by making the sign of the cross on their forehead before they go to bed at night or when they leave for school each day.
  • Give up “whining,” arguing,” “not listening,” or “bothering people who are on the phone.”
  • Stress the importance of quiet time and prayer time. Have a quiet time each week (or each day) –no TV, iPods, music, or cell phones.
  • Choose a positive action for each day of Lent.
  • Pretzels had their origin in early Christian Lenten practices because fat, eggs, and milk were forbidden during Lent, a special bread was made with dough consisting of only flour, salt, and water. These little breads were shaped in the form of arms crossed in prayer. Choose one night in Lent to make pretzels. Find a recipe on the Internet.
  • Write a letter or call someone who is lonely or shut-in.
  • Make a Prayer Chain: List 40 intentions or people on 40 slips of paper. Link them together into a chain. Rip one off each morning of Lent and pray for that need.
  • Plant Something: Plant flowers, a plant or Easter grass, take care of it and watch it grow. Talk about new life and rising from the grave.
  • Read the Story of the Last Supper: read it straight from Scripture or find a kid’s version. Either way, prepare a nice meal for dinner, and read and discuss the story while you eat.

Shrove Tuesday

Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) was the day all households were to use up all milk, eggs and fat to prepare for the strict fasting of Lent. These ingredients were made into pancakes, a meal which came to symbolize preparation for the discipline of Lent, from the English tradition. “Shrove” comes from the verb “to shrive” (to confess and receive absolution) prior to the start of the Lenten season. Other names for this day include Carnival (farewell to meat) and Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday of the French tradition).

Pancake Dinner

Mark the beginning of Lent with a pancake dinner! Join us on Tuesday, February 17, 5:30-7:30pm for pancakes, sausages, berries and juice in the Gathering Space. Suggested donation: $5 person; $20 maximum per family. This event supports the J2A youth pilgrimage.


Youth Lenten Movie Series

Wednesdays February 25-March 25
at 6:00 pm in the Fireside Room

February 25: Lion King G. Lion cub and future king Simba tests his limits and sometimes gets in over his head. (Michaela)

March 4: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape PG-13. Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life. (Eli and Madeline)

March 11: The Truman Show PG. An insurance salesman discovers his entire life is actually a TV show. (Caroline)

March 18: Glory Road PG. In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins leads the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the national championship. (Tim)

March 25: Guardians of the Galaxy PG-13. A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. (Johannah)


Wednesday Dinners

February 4: Conklin Family

February 11: Scheel Family

February 18: Ash Wednesday – No Dinner

February 25: Open (no one has signed up for dinner)