At the very heart of Christianity is the cross. Lent is the forty days (besides Sundays) leading up to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, i.e., Easter Sunday.

Biblically speaking, forty days carries great significance throughout the Scriptures. We see Noah in the Ark (duration of the rain), Israel spending forty days in the wilderness, and on to Jesus spending forty days fasting in the wilderness; forty days has always been a period of testing, trial and preparation.

Likewise, Lent is forty days of preparation, repentance and prayer leading up to Easter Sunday, aimed at intense reflection on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As parents this can be a struggle to get teens on board with a seemingly boring activity. Since Easter is at the core of what it means to follow Jesus, we don't want to pass by this opportunity with our children.

One of the goals of Lent is seeing the depths of our sin and the confidence we can have in the grace of God. The goal of Lent is to push you to a further dependence on God. That’s why we have provided this Lent guide inspired by our friends at The Village Church.