Ash Wednesday is all about preparing hearts for the Easter season. With Easter coming early this year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 10th. Check out these creative ideas for simple, yet memorable services.
1. HOST A SELF-GUIDED SERVICE
For most of us, making time for an extra service during the middle of the week is tough for church members and staff. A self-guided service allows members to come at a time of day that works best for them – providing the best opportunity for focused reflection. It’s also a great way to provide an extra service without overloading your staff during this busy season. Devote one or more classrooms to self-guided stations, where people can come and go throughout the day. Remember to place instructions at each entryway. Learn more at Christian Standard.com
2. CREATE SPACE TO PRAY AT CHURCH OR HOME
Creating an environment for prayer doesn’t have to be limited to the church. Encourage your members to find time during the day to create a distraction-free space to pray and reflect. This could look like a quiet, dark room, with all electronics off, and perhaps a candle or two. Have them commit to spending the time in reflection and confession to prepare for the Easter season.
3. PROVIDE ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES OR INDIVIDUALS
Add a level of engagement to the service with simple activities that work for all ages. Provide clay or playdough to remind members to allow their hearts to become moldable in Jesus’ hands. For more ideas, see Tim Suttle’s article on patheos.com .
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