Children’s Time during Lent

During Lent 2024, we engaged our children by including them in some of the rituals we do during Lent, but we also had them do some of their own. On the first Sunday of Lent, children were encouraged to take a paper with the word “Alleluia” on it, and color or decorate it any way they chose. Toward the end of the service, they were then invited to bring their decorated “Alleluia” to the front of the church where it was buried and would stay there until Easter.

They also engaged in other rituals involving air (experienced through bubbles), water, and flame (lighting candles–a bit scary, but the kids did a fabulous job!).

Experiencing air with bubbles

Experiencing air using bubbles

Experiencing God through Water

Experiencing God through Fire

Easter Sunday at FMC

We were very excited this Easter to start some new rituals.  Our children were able to “unbury” the “Alleluias” they buried the first Sunday of Lent.  The whole congregation got involved by shouting Alleluia, and then singing “Alleluia” and signing (ASL) “Alleluia.”

The children then started the Flowering of the Cross.  This is the second year FMC included this in our Easter service, and viewing the end product, it will become a tradition every year.