Praying and Learning at Home

Praying and Learning at Home

Embracing “to everything there is a season” is comforting as we acclimate to a new normal within our congregations. Many will be looking for ideas to form communities in novel ways and I hope you and members of your congregation will try some or all of the ideas below to connect with God, the faith community, and family clear through Pentecost!

Since many of us will spend additional hours away from work and school over the course of the next few weeks these ideas are a way to create space for Lent at home. My hope is people will find what works best for them to explore, grow, and deepen their Lenten experience!

The selection criteria for the suggestions below were that the directions be brief, limited preparation time is needed, and supplies required (if any) are minimal! On and offline options are included and as well as links to downloadable PDFs. Please use these as you see best and please share them!

Prayer & Meditation

Download the Book of Common Prayer for Morning, Noonday, Evening Prayer or Compline.

Several churches throughout the diocese are sharing daily prayers online via Facebook.

Forward Day by Day meditation booklets are available in most churches, but also online along with the Daily Office and prayer supports.

Living Compass offers Lenten Reflections, or signup for Weekly Words of Wellness online. They also have an app you can download to your phone.

Now might be an ideal time to explore guides to prayer and meditations. Try Praying in Color and the Clenched HandWorry KnotLectio Divina and Lectio Divina with Young People meditations activities.

Activities

Explore what Faith @ Home has to offer everyone with short, intergenerational resources for every day, inviting people to WATCH, LISTEN, READ, DO, AND PRAY.

Like watching videos online? Reflect personally, or share online to invite discussion. YouTube Lenten and Easter-themed videos on Loving Your NeighborOther FaithsNPR: Planet Money on Consumerism, or enjoy watching the short film Butterfly Circus with others.

Check out Wing Clips! Sign up for a free account and choose from an assortment of short age-appropriate free clips on Lenten themes or you might be surprised by what the SkitGuy has to say about the Skinny on Fasting.

Enjoy reading? Meet the Saints through Lent Madness or Meet the Saints with the kids using Forward Movement’s full-color downloadable pdf designed for families that include a story about each saint for parents to read to children, as well as family discussion questions and coloring pages for at-home interaction.

Looking for hands-on ideas that include others? Check out Godly Play Stories for Lent! Go old style to make pretzels using the simple tried and true recipe attached! Create a Lord’s Prayer tracing cross or make a prayer Bottle at home. Light candles and offer prayers or make your own Anglican Rosary.

Faith in Action!

Pick up the phone! Reach out to neighbors, family, and friends to see how they are. Is there anything they need that you could help provide? Please do not come into close contact with any vulnerable person, and do not instigate contact if you have been unwell. If you’d like help learning how to visit virtually, please contact formation@diowestmo.org to ask Kim for help.

  • Do you wish you had time to write notes? Handmade cards are the best and it is so much fun to open something other than a bill!
  • Create care packages with items you have on hand at home. Think outside the box using Ziploc bags to hold a small assortment of necessities: socks, toothbrush/paste, soap, comb, bus pass, water bottle, etc. Store it in your car so it’s handy.
  • Get outside, take in some fresh air and pray for your neighbors as you walk along.

And finally, this link will take you to the BuildFaith.org website and a useful post about Coronvirus, Anxiety, Children and the Church.

Please contact Kim at formation@diowestmo.org if you have any questions about the information, links, or need more ideas. We are here for you!


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