Category Archives: Lent

Perspectives: Self-Denial

When we join the church, we promise to support it with our prayers, our presence, our service, our talents and our gifts.  This is especially true during Lent when we are reminded of the sacrifices of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We and our students should make an extra effort to give our time, talent and treasure to God and seek how He wishes for us to serve. And if giving up something or giving something extra is painful, we are reminded of what Jesus went through on the cross.

When I was a child, I heard the phrase “I’m Third.” – this stood for “God 1st, Others 2nd, I’m 3rd.”. This is one more way to remind our youth to Love God, Love Neighbor!

by Mark Whitaker
Chair, youTheology Advisory Board

Youth & Young Adult Director @ Avondale United Methodist Church in KC North
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

Mentor Bites: Five Things I wish I would have been told about Lent when I was a young person . . where were the adults?

Though some of the following on the list will be light-hearted and meant to make you laugh, I do want us to take seriously the next statement I share. I did not know how the Lenten season connected to Easter until I was in college. Yes, let that sink in for a minute. Put your… Continue Reading

Lent Matters

Why Lent matters? Why is it important for your youth to know about and observe it? I think it is incredibly important to teach young people about Lent because this season can take us on a journey through a deeper understanding of our faith, ourselves, and our God. We begin the season of Lent with… Continue Reading

Perspectives from the Field: the End of Lent or a New Beginning?

I’ve talked about Lent with my youth, explaining that it’s not just about giving something up. Instead, when they crave the thing they gave up, they should remember how Jesus Christ suffered for us. As an alternative, they might also consider adding a new habit as they commit to spending time with God. Throughout the… Continue Reading