The Daniel Adventure for Lent
Henna Cundill, our Diocesan Children and Families Officer has created a booklet that families can follow together during Lent. A printable PDF file can be downloaded, or hard copies are available from Henna (email@example.com) or Mary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Recent research by the Church of England and ecumenical think tank Theos has shown that the experience of faith at home is the most significant factor in determining whether young people stay with the Christian faith into adulthood.
Children and young people need to see the faith of the grown ups in their life, and to talk about it with them.
We don’t have to be theologians, and we don’t have to pretend we have all the answers. Some of the ‘Quiz your grown-ups!’ questions in this Lent Challenge deal with some difficult subjects- hearing the voice of God, resisting sin and peer pressure. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always make a very good job of these things! I think it’s OK to say that to my kids… what’s the benefit of doing otherwise? All-too-soon they’re going to have to make faith choices of their own, and I do them no good by pretending it’s going to be easy.
I hope this Lent Challenge helps you- and me- do the ‘faith at home’ thing with confidence. But most of all, I hope that beyond lent, reading Bible stories and praying as a family becomes part of everyday life for all of us.
Good luck and every blessing,