This year, we invite you prepare your heart for Easter in a new way.
Join us on an immersive experience and reflective journey throughout the season of Lent and Easter.
Journey to Easter: Stories of Hope for Lent is a free resource offering a transformational experience to more fully live into the miracle of Easter.
Over the six weeks of Lent, this journey will look at Matthew 25 and Jesus’ calls us to care for “the least of these”—the hungry and thirsty, the stranger and unclothed, the sick and imprisoned. Each week, we will step into the stories of some of the world’s most vulnerable children and families, inviting you to respond through fasting experiences, prayer and actions.
Together, we will look at how Jesus responded to brokenness in the Gospels, and how He seeks to respond today to the brokenness in our lives, our communities and our world.
Family and Small Group Resource
Journey to Easter: Stories of Hope for Lent was designed with community in mind and was created with the hope that it would be experienced as a family or in a small group.
We’ve created this Pastor Toolkit to support and strengthen your church’s experience through this Lenten season. These tools provide a variety of ideas for engaging your congregation, from simply sharing a 2-minute story to integrating Journey to Easter into your sermon
Journey to Easter through 6 stories
"I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink..."
Over the course of this week, make a commitment to drink only water, omitting sugary drinks, coffee, milk, or tea. Use the money you would have spent elsewhere to donate for access to clean water.
"I was hungry and you gave me something to eat..."
Fast a meal during the week or try eating a simple meal, like rice and beans. Use that time to meditate on the experience of hunger and pray for the millions of children who face hunger as a daily reality.
"I was sick and you looked after me..."
Take some time during your morning or your lunch break to be completely alone — without other people or electronic devices. Use this time in solitude to pray and meditate on God’s words for those who may be suffering from sickness or pain in isolation. Write down your reflections during this time.
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me..."
Over the course of this week, we invite you to spend a few nights sleeping on the floor to remember the millions of families and children who are fleeing their homes and making long, perilous journeys to safety.
"I needed clothes and you clothed me..."
This week we invite you to try wearing the same clothes more than one day in a row and as you do so, lift up prayers for the millions of children hoping to go to school one day wearing their own school uniform.