Week 1

Week 1: Burying the Alleluia, John 3:16-17

Gather these supplies from your Lent kit or around your house:

  • A Bible to read the story (for older kids), or a phone, iPad, or computer to watch the story: https://www.churchoftheservantcrc.org/house-church-resources-february-21-2021/.
  • The notebook from your Lent kit or a blank piece of paper and pencil/colored pencils/crayons for writing or sketching.
  • A balloon, string, and water drop sculpture instructions from your Lent kit.
  • The Alleluia card from your Lent kit.
  • The Lent puzzle magnet from your Lent kit.

Talk, Journal, or Sketch:

After watching or reading the story, talk together about these wondering questions from the Children’s Worship program. Older kids may enjoy drawing or journaling a response:

  • I wonder why Jesus had to die on the cross?
  • I wonder why we bury the Alleluia for Lent?
  • This is not the end of the story—we know God raise Jesus from the dead. How does that make you feel? 

Things to Make or Do:

  • Bury the Alleluia somewhere in your house. Choose a place you’ll remember to check on it each week.
  • Stick the first lent puzzle story magnet to your refrigerator to form the top of the cross!
  • Make a water drop ice sculpture! We began Lent on Ash Wednesday by remembering (or looking forward to) our baptism. Use the supplies in your Lent kit to make a water ice sculpture to remember your baptism. When you’ve finished the project please throw away all the balloon pieces, so animals won’t swallow them!
  • Display your finished ice sculpture outside in a place you can see from the windows. Talk about the baptisms of everyone in your family—why were you baptized? Who was there to celebrate? What did it mean to your parents and all who witnessed the baptisms?
  • When you look out and see the frozen water drop remember you belong to God’s family! Baptism is a sign you were buried with Christ when he died and just as Jesus rose from the dead, you will rise one day to join God in heaven!

Dig Deeper (for older kids):

At COS we baptize babies whose parents believe in Jesus because we believe God is faithful through all generations. You belong even before you believe! We trust you will grow in faith as you grow up in the church, learning about and worshipping God. As you grow, you will have lots of opportunities to make your faith your own and profess it, just as Romans 10:9-10 says: “Say with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.” Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Then you will be saved. With your heart you believe and are made right with God. With your mouth you say what you believe. And so you are saved.” – Romans 10:9-10 (NIrV).

Maybe you remember standing to say yes to the question, “Do you love Jesus and want to follow him?” when you participated in the Lord’s Supper for the first time? Maybe you have seen teenagers in our church affirm their baptism by standing in church and saying they believe in Jesus, then dipping their hand in the baptismal water?

Have you notice they often share a few words or a piece of art to describe their faith? They do this because they love Jesus so much they want to say it out loud so others can hear! And whenever someone talks about how much they love Jesus, it makes everyone’s faith stronger! Take some time during Lent to think about what you believe about Jesus. Notice the parts of the worship service which invite us to say what we believe. How does it feel to say the words of the creed out loud together? 

On Easter Sunday, notice the teenagers who stand to profess their faith. Can you relate to what they say? Think about what you might say when you feel ready to affirm your baptism. If you are curious, ask your parents what they remember about professing their faith, and why it was important to them.


Week 2

Week 2: Jesus Heals Bartimaeus, Luke 18:35-43

Gather these supplies from your Lent kit or around your house:

Talk, Journal, or Sketch:

After watching or reading the story, talk together about these wondering questions from the Children’s Worship program. Older kids may enjoy drawing or journaling a response:

  • I wonder how it feels to see for the very first time?
  • I wonder why Jesus would listen to Bartimaeus when the others would just tell him to be quiet?
  • I wonder why Jesus would come near to Bartimaeus when others wouldn’t bother with him?
  • I wonder why Jesus asked Bartimaeus what he wanted him to do?
  • I wonder why the first thing Bartimaeus did after he could see was to follow Jesus on the way?
  • I wonder how Bartimaeus felt following Jesus on the way to Jerusalem?

Things to Make or Do:

  • It has been a long time since we have been together worshipping at COS. Not seeing people very often and not getting out can be very lonely. Use the postcard in your Lent kit to draw something beautiful on the blank side of the card and write a short note to say hello on the back of the postcard. If you have siblings, work together. Sign each person’s name to the note. The label on the back has the name of the person you are making the card for. Do you know this person or couple? If not, look them up in the church directory or online: https://www.churchoftheservantcrc.org/online-directory/. Pray they feel the love of Jesus today! Drop the card in your mailbox and put the flag up. It is ready to send!
  • Bundle up and take a walk together as a family or on your own. Use every sense available to you to notice what is happening in the world. Talk together or think about all you see, feel, hear, touch, and smell outdoors. What creatures are outside with you? How do you notice God’s glory reflected in creation? When you are back home, or along the way, talk to God about all the ways you experienced the world and noticed God’s glory and goodness!   

Digging Deeper (for older kids):

  • Bartimaeus could not see until Jesus healed him. But sometimes people who can see are blind in other ways. The other people in this story ignored Bartimaeus, they didn’t want to see him. It hurts to be ignored. Who are the people in your school or community who are ignored? Why are they ignored? Maybe you feel ignored. Imagine what Jesus would say to the people who came to mind. Ask Jesus what he wants to say to you. Ask him what you want him to do.
  • Check out the Be My Eyes app at https://www.bemyeyes.com/ with a parent or grandparent. Technology like this helps create a barrier free world for people who are blind. In God’s Kingdom we believe everyone belongs and everyone serves. Talk together about what might make it hard for people to participate and serve in our church. What are we doing at COS to remove those barriers? What ideas do you have that could help make sure people of all ages, with all different abilities, from all over the world can know they belong and can use their gifts to serve at COS? Draw, sketch, or write out your ideas and share them with Jolanda or other ministry leaders at the church who could help put them into action!

Week 3

Week 3: Jesus Cleanses the Temple, Matthew 21: 12-17

Gather these supplies from your Lent kit or around your house:

Talk, Journal, or Sketch:

After watching or reading the story, talk together about these wondering questions from the Children’s Worship program. Older kids may enjoy drawing or journaling a response:

  • I wonder why people were selling and buying in the temple?
  • I wonder how the buyers and sellers felt about God’s house?
  • I wonder how Jesus felt when he saw what was going on?
  • I wonder why Jesus did what he did?
  • I wonder what the sellers thought when Jesus tipped the tables over?
  • I wonder if the sellers stopped selling in the temple after that day?

Things to Make or Do:

  • Set up a special prayer place in your house or bedroom to pray and spend time with God. You might want to include a comfy pillow or chair to sit on, a Bible, paper and a pencil for drawing or writing, and the Daily Examen Journal prayer prompt to help you talk to God about your day. Visit your prayer place whenever you want to spend a quiet moment talking to or listening to God; or choose a special time each day to spend a few minutes there praying and/or reading your Bible. Siblings might need to talk over the rules of how best to share the prayer place.    
  • The sellers in today’s story wanted money for themselves. This week find ways to give money to others through the clean water coin challenge for World Renew! Collect coins from around your house and invite classmates, neighbors, family, and friends to contribute too. Lament that so many people in the world have a hard time getting clean water. Pray the words of Isaiah 41:17-18 (written on the coin collection canister), asking God to bring clean water to everyone on earth.
  • Remember the promise you received at baptism: you have been washed clean of all your sins and welcomed into God’s family! But we all still make mistakes and need God’s Spirit to continue to make our hearts more like Jesus every day. Sing the song Give me a Clean Heart each day on your own in your prayer place, or together at mealtime or before bed. Make this a habit for the rest of Lent.

Dig Deeper (for older kids):

  • Use this link:  https://worldrenew.net/cleanwater to read about World Renew clean water projects (these projects are still active now even though the website describes them as summer projects). The money you collect throughout Lent will help fuel this good work! Is there a chore or job you could do to earn more money for clean water projects? What else can you do to help make sure everyone in your community and other communities has clean water?
  • Look up articles about how and why the water in Flint, Michigan became contaminated. What went wrong? What did money have to do with it? What did sin have to do with it? Pray for the families in Flint who have suffered because of unclean, unsafe water.

Week 4

Week 4: Mary Anoints Jesus, John 12:1-8.

Gather these supplies from your Lent kit or around your house:

Optional supplies for digging deeper:

  • 2 large sheets of paper from the Lent kit.
  • Colored pencils or crayons, and a ruler or straight edge.
  • String from the Lent kit. (for tying the timeline if rolled into a scroll)

Talk, Journal, or Sketch:

After watching or reading the story, talk together about these wondering questions from the Children’s Worship program. Older kids may enjoy drawing or journaling a response.

I wonder…

Things to Make or Do:

  • Mary honored Jesus with this gift of sweet perfume. Look around your house for nice smelling lotion, perfume, or cologne. With permission, put some on your hands or wrist. Close your eyes and breathe in the scent. Imagine the delight on Jesus’ face as he received Mary’s gift. When you notice this smell, or other good-smelling scents throughout the day, remember how Jesus delights in you too. You are a beloved child of God!
  • Mary’s heart was full of love for Jesus. Work together to fill the heart in your Lent kit with words of love for Jesus. If there are young children in your family, add small pictures so they can remember the words. When the heart is full, you may want to shout your words of love to God with claps and cheers! Then put your heart in your prayer place so you can remember these words of love when you are praying.
  • Saying “I love you” is important! But we also express love with our bodies. We might hug, high five, or fist bump someone we love. We might spend time together, lend a hand, give a gift, or do something nice to let someone know we love them. Mary expressed love as she knelt and poured perfume on Jesus’ feet. But how can we express love for Jesus with our bodies when we can’t see him or touch him? Work together to make a list of ways you can express love for Jesus this week. Choose one thing from your list to do each day.

Dig Deeper (for older kids):

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were dear friends of Jesus. Remember the time Mary sat listening to Jesus instead of helping Martha prepare the food? And Jesus welcomed her to stay and listen! Remember when Lazarus died, and Mary and Jesus wept together before Jesus raise him from the dead? Mary had many memories of how much Jesus loved and cared for her.

What memories do you have of Jesus’ love? When has Jesus welcomed you, encouraged you, and cried with you during hard times? Your digging deeper project this week is to make a timeline of God’s faithfulness in your life, to remember all the ways God has cared for you!

If you have never made a timeline before, simply start by drawing a long line down the center of the big paper included in your Lent kit. Mark one end as the beginning and write your birthday there. Add little lines spaced out down across the timeline for each year of your life. If you were baptized as a baby, that might be the next thing you add after your birthday to your timeline. What other steps of faith could you add? When did you feel especially close to God? When did you feel very grateful to God? When did you do something hard and God gave you strength? When were you sad and Jesus’ love surrounded you? It might be fun to look at old photos and yearbooks or talk with your family to help you remember. You may want to add illustrations or photos and decorate your timeline in any way you choose.  

When you finish, you may want to share your timeline with others! Then hang it up in your room or roll it like a scroll and put it in your prayer place, where you can revisit it and praise God! Psalm 103:2 says, “I will praise the Lord. I won’t forget anything he does for me.” (NIrV)


Week 5: Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet, John 13:2-17.

Gather these supplies from your Lent kit or around your house:

Talk, Journal, or Sketch:

After watching or reading the story, talk together about these wondering questions from the Children’s Worship program. Older kids may enjoy drawing or journaling a response.

I wonder

  • why Jesus wanted to wash the disciples’ feet. 
  • why Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet.
  • what the other disciples thought about what Jesus was doing.
  • what Judas thought when Jesus looked at him and talked about someone not being clean.
  • if the disciples will understand what Jesus meant about being an example.
  • if any of you can find yourself at the table here with Jesus.

Things to Make or Do:

  • Work together to make a list of the household chores no one likes to do. Who usually ends up doing these? (Give them a high five!) Practice humility this week by helping someone else do their worst chore. Or give them a surprise by doing it for them!
  • Hebrews 10:24 says, Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. Use the water stickers from the Lent kit to “stir up one another to love” this week! When you catch someone in your family doing something helpful or humble, give them a sticker to celebrate! If someone lets another person go first—sticker! If someone takes the smallest piece of something good—sticker! If someone wins without bragging—sticker! If someone does something kind for you—sticker! 
  • Cut the black paper in your Lent kit into large water drop shapes. Put the water drops in the prayer place you made during week 3 of Lent, along with colored pencils, crayons, and the Zentangle pattern ideas from your Lent kit. Spend some time this week filling your water drop with beautiful colors and patterns as you talk with God. Let your colorful creation remind you of how much Jesus loves you—enough to die on the cross and rise again so you could be washed clean and welcomed into God’s family! Save your water drop to add to others, which will be collected at the end of Lent and made into a mural!
  • Witness or experience a foot washing at the Maundy Thursday service next week on Zoom. This service usually takes place around tables at church and includes washing one another’s feet. This year you can participate together from home. Look for details in Sunday’s bulletin.

Dig Deeper (for older kids):

Jesus tells his disciples (including us) to follow his example of loving obedience to God and loving service to others. This is the path of glory. Philippians 2:3-5 says: Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves. None of you should look out just for your own good. Each of you should also look out for the good of others. As you deal with one another, you should think and act as Jesus did.

Jesus has all power and authority, yet he humbled himself to wash the feet of others. What does it look like in your life to think and act like Jesus? Draw a picture of yourself from head to toe—a stick figure or a detailed sketch, you decide. Then draw lines connected to different parts of your body. Label each, adding a few words about the ways you could (or do) use body parts like your ears, eyes, brain, mouth, hands, heart, etc. to value others, put them ahead of you, and look out for their good.

Be creative! Maybe your feet stand patiently, waiting instead running, so someone else can have a chance to play soccer during recess? Maybe your knees get carpet burn from playing horsy or tiger with your little cousins? Consider starting this drawing and then setting it aside to add to throughout the week as you notice God pointing out new ways to lift others up with love. 


Week 6: Jesus is King, Matthew 21:1-11

Gather these supplies from your Lent kit or around your house:

  • A Bible to read the story (for older kids), and/or a phone, iPad, or computer to watch the story. The story video is posted on the House Church Resources page for March 28, 2021: https://www.churchoftheservantcrc.org/house-church-resources-march-28-2021/.
  • Tiny tunics and palm branches from the Lent kit. (Have these ready when you watch the story video.)
  • Small toys like Legos, dolls, stuffed animals, or figurines from home.
  • The candle you use as the Christ candle for Sunday worship.   
  • Scissors
  • A hymnal (optional) 

Talk, Journal, or Sketch:

After watching or reading the story, talk together about these wondering questions from the Children’s Worship program. Older kids may enjoy drawing or journaling a response.

I wonder

  • what it was like to be part of the crowd that day.
  • what Jesus was thinking as he rode into the gates of Jerusalem.
  • what people were thinking when they wanted to make Jesus their king.
  • what kind of king Jesus would be.
  • what it will be like to live in Jesus’ kingdom.

Things to Make or Do:

  • Before watching the story video, find the tiny tunics and palm branches in your Lent kit. Use scissors to snip the dashed lines to make leaves. Practice saying “Hosannah in the Highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Watch and listen for when Ms. Karanicola lays down the palm branches and tunics and shouts Hosannah. Lay down your palm branches and tunics too, shouting Hosannah!
  • Use your own toy figures like Legos, animals, or dolls along with the tiny palm branches and tunics to make a Hosannah parade for King Jesus! Have fun retelling the story! What other stories from the journey to the cross could you tell? Use your Lent cross magnets to remember and tell all the stories of Lent.
  • If your family picked up palm branches from church this weekend, use one to make palm crosses. Snip off the leaves, splitting them down the center to make thinner strips. Then soak them in water for a few minutes and wipe them dry. Follow along with the video, How to make a PALM LEAF CROSS (Easy Tutorial) – YouTube (found here https://pin.it/4JMXxqC) to make crosses you can share with neighbors and friends!
  • Make a Palm Sunday centerpiece for your table using the tiny tunics, palms, Christ candle, palm crosses (if you made some), and any other items that remind you Jesus is King!

Dig Deeper (for older kids):

Last week Jesus showed us the way of love: humility. This week we see Jesus continue to practice humility as he rides into the city on a donkey rather than fine horse. The people honor him with cheers of praise, and welcome him as a king, laying down coats and palms. But they want a warrior king who will overthrow Roman rule. They do not understand Jesus’ kingdom is very different. Jesus, the King of king, would soon defeat sin and death—not with war, but with humble sacrifice. He would take our sin to the cross and die for us. Then rise again to throw open the gates of a kingdom that is not just for one nation, but for all people from every tribe, language, and nation around the world! As you journey with Jesus though Holy Week, make plans to observe Good Friday by walking through the COS nature trail with a parent or with your whole family. Check the COS website to learn about options for guided Good Friday services and instructions for walking the stations on your own.