Training Camp Plan
What hungers do you see in your community? What food do you offer?
First Week: I will . . . spend some time reading the gospels or the psalms.
Second Week: I will . . . fast from unhealthy foods.
Third Week: I will . . . volunteer at a soup kitchen, thrift shop, or day care center.
Fourth Week: I will . . . learn a few lines of Scripture by heart.
Fifth Week: I will . . . give clothes, money, or possessions to the poor.
Sixth Week: I will . . . participate in Holy Week liturgies.
Be sure to keep your Lenten Calendar in a place where you can refer to it often during Lent.
Feeling God's Breath in UsIn the first reading, God is pictured as breathing life into the nostrils of the first human being. This powerful image reminds us that without God we would have no life in us. Choose one of these Scripture passages. Read it slowly to yourself as you breathe deeply in and out, in and out. Feel God's breath in you.
Note: You might lead a meditation exercise, using the third Scripture quote. Have the group close their eyes and breathe in and out deeply as you slowly repeat the line from John's Gospel.
- In God's hand is the life-breath of all mankind. (See Job 12:10)
- When you take away your breath, they die and go back to the dust from which they came.
(See Psalm 104:29)
- He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (See John 20:22)
Listening to GodDramatize the story of the first man and woman. You might want to read the story from a missalette or from a children's Bible, using a different voice for each of the characters in the story. If you are reading from an age-appropriate source, invite the children to act out the story. Point out that a main point of the story is that the first man and woman did not listen to God.
End the session by having the children spend a few moments of quiet time as they "listen to God." Then say this or a similar prayer: "Dear God, as we begin Lent, help us to listen to you. Amen."
The Season of Lent with JesusExplain to the children: After Jesus was baptized, he went into the desert for forty days. He prayed. This is the first Sunday of Lent. The season of Lent helps us to be better followers of Jesus and to prepare for Easter. During Lent, we pray.
Distribute the reproducible master. Have the children color the sand on either side of the path in the desert. For each week of the season, invite the children to pray the prayer for that week and color that section of the path purple. Have the children use a purple crayon, because purple is the special color of Lent.
(Prayers on the reproducible master:)
Week 1: Jesus, we love you.
Week 2: Jesus, help us to be good.
Week 3: Jesus, thank you for sharing God's love.
Week 4: Jesus, we thank you for your love.
Week 5: Jesus, we want to follow you always.
Week 6: Jesus, thank you for giving your life for us.