Lent and Easter: Sharing the message of God’s love
During Lent, we enter into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and realign our lives and focus toward God. It is a time to give up things as well as take on new life-giving practices, helping us rid ourselves of distractions and our own selfish desires. By doing so, we seek to live and love as more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Easter Season, also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ's resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.
Below you will find some creative ideas for encouraging your members to deepen their own spiritual journeys and for reaching out to your community to share this season's message of love, hope and transformation.
Online engagement ideas for Lent
Lent is a time of reflection. Here are some creative ways churches can engage members and potential visitors during Lent. Read More
Give up the spiritual lint during Lent
Lent is a period of self-reflection, repentance, prayer, fasting and self-denial — a spiritual cleaning of sorts. Consider these ideas to engage your congregation during Lent. Read More
7 awesome ideas for Holy Week and Easter
Easter is quickly approaching. If you've been racking your brain for ideas (or just procrastinating), we have you covered. Read More
Think Outside the Egg: Great teaching tools for children this Easter
Actually the egg is a great teaching tool, as are lilies, crosses and crowns. A lifelong Sunday school teacher shares tips for helping children understand the miracle of Easter. Read More
Welcoming and Outreach
Finding community online during Lent
In an ever growing trend, Lent observers are taking their Lenten pilgrimage online where they find community via Facebook groups, daily emails, live streams and hashtags. Read More
You’re Welcome: Quick and timeless tips for greeting visitors this Easter
Signs, children's decorations, and spontaneity. We've taken the best ideas from our research and experiences to create a welcoming check list this Easter season. Read More
15 outreach ideas for Easter
Easter presents the largest attendance weekend of the year for U.S. churches. Start planning now to develop ways to introduce your community to the story of the risen Christ. Read More
Is your Easter “outreach,” out of reach?
Congregations sometimes make grandiose plans to reach as many visitors as possible on Easter. This year, why not try a different approach that's "within reach"? Read More
Preparing for Lent: New Resources
New devotional books and studies from Abingdon Press and The Upper Room and other new resources can help make Lent 2017 meaningful. Read More
Engage in a Lent Photo-A-Day practice
How do you see the word sacrifice? Beloved? Make this spiritual practice part of your Lenten discipline and share your photos with Rethink Church. Read More
Ash Wednesday memes for United Methodists
Share your faith on Facebook this Ash Wednesday. Scriptural meme is easy to download and share! Read More