Lent For Youth and Children
Lent Offerings for Youth
During the season of Lent our Youth Group will be participating in a variety of activities.
Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
The youth (7-12th graders) of St. Mark’s will once again be hosting the Pancake Supper in Morrill Hall on Tuesday, February 28 from 5-7. This annual FUNraiser is open to the entire New Canaan community!
Mantras, Movies & Meditation
We’ll start by discussing what a mantra is and how a word may be powerful enough to carry us.
Movies have always been a part of our Lenten
practice as well. Thought-provoking movies allow us to think about how we might be able to see the light of Christ in others and perhaps even move us to social change.
Meditation is an untapped resource that is easily accessible. Father Peter and Jeff Wells will lead our group at different times during Lent and allow us to go deeper into ourselves.
Online Lenten Book Group
Our college age friends will be able to participate in an online book group discussion on the St. Mark’s Whelp’s Facebook page. We will be reading Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Gregory Boyle. You’ll need to download the Kindle app (which is free) and let us know that you’re interested in participating. We’ll send you an Amazon gift card electronically to allow you to download the book. It’s easy, and extremely inspiring.
This Lent, the children of the Church School will count down 40 days with a large Lenten calendar in the hallway outside of the Library.
As we journey through the season, we will place chenille caterpillars on a winding path of leaves leading to the top of the board. Each Sunday’s leaf will have a virtue that the children will discuss in Church School and which they can practice during that week.
Older classes will also be encouraged to examine what things they think are important in their lives—what they imagine they can’t live without—and make a conscious decision to sacrifice something for 40 days. Quite possibly, they will discover they are transformed by the experience of “letting go” and relying on God for sustenance.
To guide us on our Lenten journey, all classes will receive a special prayer that we will learn together and which can additionally be used at home as a family devotion.
When we reach Easter, be sure to take a look at our calendar to see what has happened to all of the caterpillars!