Lent 2021 will be unlike any other. Forward Movement is ready to support you in bringing together your church even when we can’t gather for the kind of Lent we’re used to. We have books for online study, programs and classes that can be run on video, and materials to support people in home devotions.
Lenten Programs & Classes
ChurchNext offers many Lenten offerings, and it would be easy to put together your own Lenten series based on the themes that are right for your church.
Revive for Lent takes our popular Revive program for equipping lay leaders to become spiritual leaders and creates a five-week Lenten program to equip people with a richer life of prayer. *Use code REVIVELENT to get purchase this program at a discount of $50*
In, A Spring in the Desert, Frank and Victoria Logue offer a Lenten journey inspired by the many passages of scripture that use images of water in the desert as a sign of the healing and wholeness that come through God alone. You can buy the book for individual reading or a book group, and there is also a corresponding video course for individuals or groups.
Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices is a book by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe that takes you on a tour through the Book of Common Prayer and beyond to learn the beliefs and practices of the Episcopal Church. The book works well for book groups, but there is also five-part ChurchNext course led by the authors suitable for individuals or groups.
Books suitable for Lenten study and reading
A Journey with Mark: This year, the Gospel of Mark is the primary Gospel in our Sunday lectionary readings, and this book will take the reader on a journey through the whole Gospel, along with reflections by scholars, clergy, and lay leaders.
Are We There Yet?: Whether we’re taking the trip of a lifetime or the trip simply feels like it’s taking forever, the question on everyone’s lips is: Are We There Yet? As we make our way through Lent, we will come to realize that the journeythe wrestling and the wanderingis the real flesh and blood of our endeavor.
Lent is Not Rocket Science: In these daily Lenten reflections, astronomer, physicist, and Episcopal Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely explores the intersection of faith and science, creation and the cosmos.
Ashes and the Phoenix: Threaded throughout with the stunningly visual and visceral poems of Len Freeman and guided by the collects for Lent and Holy Week, Ashes and the Phoenix seeks to lead us through the emotions, symbols, sights, sounds, and scents of Lent.
The Path is the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version so that it is clear and easy to read. Follow the path of God's love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam's creation to John's revelation.
Something lighter for Lent
Join the Journey through Lent, illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Jay Sidebotham, invites spiritual reflection and is a wonderful companion for the Lenten season. Color your own calendar, perfect for all ages.
Lent Madness is an online Lenten devotion that’s fun and engaging. 32 saints face off in a basketball-style bracket, and people vote for which saint deserves the Golden Halo. It’s a bit silly, but through the season we learn about the way Christ’s love shines in the lives of ordinary people. You can give people copies of the
Saintly Scorecard (bulk price) to learn about the saints, and there’s a giant bracket poster to track your saint’s progress. Many parishes run weekly discussion groups or classes based on Lent Madness and saints.
Dust Bunnies in the Basket: Finding God in Lent & Easter. Episcopal priest Tim Schenck offers good humor and spiritual direction for the journey through Lent and Easter. With keen observations and a clever wit, Schenck connects the mundane with the divine, from dust bunnies and egg hunts to foot washing and the Easter Vigil.
These are just examples of some of our many resources. Please explore the Lent section of our website or the Lent catalog below. And our friendly customer service team would love to talk with you about your congregation’s approach to Lent.