Lent 2021 for Starblazers

Welcome to our first week of Lent together. Lent started on Wednesday 17th February and goes all the way through to Easter on the 4th April. It’s 40 days in total, about 6 weeks! Each week in Lent we are going to be looking at different questions that we hope you will find interesting. There will be some activities, including crafts, song suggestions and a Bible reading to help you explore these questions with your family.

WEEK TWO – Welcome to our second week of Lent together. Just as a little reminder, Lent started on Wednesday 17th February and goes all the way through to Easter on the 4th April. It’s 40 days in total, about 6 weeks! Each week in Lent we are exploring different questions that we hope you will find interesting. There will be some activities, including crafts, song suggestions and a Bible reading to help you explore these questions with your family. Last week we looked at ‘What is Lent?’ which we hope you found interesting.

This week we are going to be looking at – Why do we have Lent?

A good place to start is in the Bible! The Bible is a very special book that Christians use. It teaches us all about humans relationship with God and about God’s awesome, amazing, astonishing love (how many more ‘a’ words can you think of to describe His love?).

So to find out why we have Lent we need to find the Gospel of Luke, chapter 4 verses1-13. It’s best to read it from a Bible but if you don’t have one you can find the reading below. The story follows Jesus’ baptism. Have you been baptised or have you been to a baptism? Can you remember what happened? Back in Jesus’ day there was a man called John the Baptist (good description of what he was doing 😊) and he was calling people to turn away from sin, from the bad things they were doing. When they did that he would then take them into the river and put them under the water as a symbol that they were being washed clean. Jesus’ baptism was slightly different, if you want to read about it, look up Matthew 3:13-17. It was different because after John had put Jesus under the water we are told that the heaven’s opened, that the Sprit of God came down from the sky like a dove and a voice said ‘this is my son whom I love, I am very pleased with him’! Wouldn’t that be totally mind blowing if you had seen and heard that happening?! So, we know that Jesus is very special. Let’s see what happens after he was baptised:

Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert where the devil tempted Jesus for 40 days. Jesus ate nothing during that time. When those days were ended, he was very hungry. The devil said to Jesus, “if you are the Son of God, tell this rock to become bread.” Jesus answered, “it is written in the Scriptures: ‘A person does not live only by eating bread.’” (look up Deuteronomy 8:3).

Then the devil took Jesus and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. The devil said to Jesus, “I will give you all these kingdoms and all their power and glory. It has all been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. If you worship me, all will be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written in the Scriptures: ‘You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him!’” (look up Deuteronomy 6:13)

Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem and put him on a high place of the Temple. He said to Jesus if you are the Son of God, jump off! It is written in the Scriptures: ‘He has put his angels in charge of you. They will watch over you.’ (Psalm 91:11) ‘They will catch you with their hands. And you will not hit your foot on a rock.’” (Psalm 91:12) Jesus answered, “But it also says in the Scriptures: ‘Do not test the Lord your God.’”  (Deuteronomy 6:16) After the devil had tempted Jesus in every way, he went away until a better time.

So, what do we find out in this story? There’s a few things we learn:

  • that we all get tempted to give into bad things from time to time but Jesus teaches us that we can stay strong by relying on God.
  • it is very important to know what the Bible teaches us. We know that Jesus is very special from what is written in the Bible but even Jesus doesn’t argue with the devil using his own words – he uses the words from the Scriptures (it’s what the Jewish people used in Jesus’ time).
  • The words of the Bible can be used by people in the wrong way, which is why it is very important to understand what they actually mean so that we know when they are being used badly or for bad things. Many people in the past have tried to support bad things by using words from the Bible when we know that God would not really have been happy with them.

But why did Jesus go into the desert? The Spirit of God took him there to prepare him for doing God’s work. When people are preparing for a marathon they have to prepare their bodies and their minds for the big run. They have to eat certain things to get their body ready and they have to make their minds tough so that they can push through the long, tiring run. Here Jesus is spending time in the desert, he’s most likely praying – a lot!

Traditionally Christians would prepare for Easter by looking at Jesus’ time in the desert and would be inspired by this. They also fast (don’t eat), or they give up certain foods. When they get hungry they pray, this helps remind them that ‘a person does not live by only eating bread’. God can strengthen us. By fasting Christians work towards being closer to God, making time with Him when they would usually be eating. In these times some Christians do different types of fasting, maybe they will stop watching TV or stop using computers/tablets/smart phones or social media, and instead they use that time reading the Bible and praying. 

Other resources:

What Lent Means To Kids! – YouTube

The Temptation of Jesus – YouTube

Craft / activity ideas;

There’s lots of good activities out on the internet. Here’s a good one:

Jesus Tempted in the Desert (123homeschool4me.com)

Or you could make some bread, while making it you could talk about how God takes each of us and turns us into some awesome human beings. Maybe you could take some time, while the bread is cooking, to tell each other what their gifts are and why they are so special to you and to God. Our gifts are like the delicious smells coming from the bread – they make God, and others, smile.

Here’s a great song – it’s one of our favourites in Starblazers (the children’s group at Starblazers): Rend Collective – My Lighthouse (Official Video) – YouTube

As you do all of this remember that God is with you – all of the time. He is with you when you wake up in the morning, when you are doing your activities and when you go to bed at night.

WEEK ONE – This week we are going to be looking at – What is Lent?

Do you know about Advent? We’re sure you have an advent calendar before Christmas don’t you? It’s a countdown to Christmas, getting you more and more excited as we get closer to the 25th.  For Christians Advent is a time to prepare as we approach Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ. 

You may not have heard about Lent before though. Well Lent is a big event for Christians as it is a countdown to Easter. For Christians Lent is a time when we prepare for Easter. Some people spend their time praying more, some people give up things they enjoy – like chocolate or sweets, some people don’t eat when the sun is out and some people take the time to do work with those who are in need – or they give to those in need.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. On this day the palm crosses from the previous year (given out on Palm Sunday – more about this in a few week’s time) are burnt. The ash is used to mark crosses on the forehead of Christians by the vicar as a sign of saying sorry to God for things that we have done wrong.  Maybe you can think of anything you’ve done that might have made God feel sad – maybe you got angry at someone, or maybe you told a little fib, maybe you didn’t do what your mum or dad told you to do, or maybe you just know that you could have behaved a little better at some point. There are some good ways to say sorry to God – and by doing so we can feel better about ourselves too! You could make a sorry card, either write to God or you could do a sorry card for someone you may have hurt – or you can just tell them you’re sorry. Saying sorry can be difficult but you will feel better once you’ve done it. Another good way is getting a bottle of bubbles. Think about the things you feel sorry about and blow the bubbles, as you do it say sorry to God and then burst the bubbles. This is a symbol of God forgiving us. This doesn’t mean that we can carry on doing these things, we need to try our best to change and be better people 😉

This week you could look at some things you have – like books, toys, clothes, and donate the ones you don’t use any more to those who need them. Although we are in lockdown there are still places you can take your donations.

You could also think of something that you are going to give up during lent – maybe sweets, cakes, fizzy drink, and each time you really, really want it, pray to God to give you strength to be able to not have it.

Next week we will be looking at why Christians have Lent. We would love to hear if you have any other questions about Lent, Easter or anything else Christians believe in or celebrate. If you have a Bible you can find out a bit about Jesus in the book of John 1:29-41, the reading is below but it is much nicer to read it straight from the Bible.

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him. John said, “Look, the Lamb of God. He takes away the sins of the world! 30 This is the One I was talking about. I said, ‘A man will come after me, but he is greater than I am, because he was living before me.’ 31 Even I did not know who he was. But I came baptising with water so that the people of Israel could know who he is.” 32-33 Then John said, “I did not know who the Christ was. But God sent me to baptise with water. And God told me, ‘You will see the Spirit come down and rest on a man. That man is the One who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.’” John said, “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven. The Spirit looked like a dove and rested on him. 34 I have seen this happen. So I tell people: ‘He is the Son of God.’”

The First Followers of Jesus

35 The next day John was there again with two of his followers. 36 He saw Jesus walking by and said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two followers heard John say this. So they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following him. He asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” (“Rabbi” means “Teacher.”) 39 Jesus answered, “Come with me and you will see.” So the two men went with Jesus. They saw the place where Jesus was staying and stayed there with him that day. It was then about four o’clock. 40 These two men followed Jesus after they heard about him from John. One of the men was Andrew. He was Simon Peter’s brother. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother, Simon. He said to Simon, “We have found the Messiah.” (“Messiah” means “Christ.”)

This tells us about the start of Jesus’ journey. What do you do when you prepare to go on a journey? What do you take with you and who goes with you? Imagine you are going to see Jesus, what would you take with you? What would you want to do with him? What would you say to him? How would you feel? We hope that over the next 6 weeks we can help you get to know him better.

Other resources:



Craft / activity ideas;

You could make a Lent calendar to count down to Easter. A good one can be found on this website:

Or you could make your own!

Or there’s this Easter egg – you could colour in each part every day – and try each activity – this is from https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/500744052311999645/

As you do all of this remember that God is with you – all of the time. He is with you when you wake up in the morning, when you are doing your activities and when you go to bed at night.