Lent Resources

Lent begins February 14, with Ash Wednesday, and concludes with the arrival of Holy Week, March 25-31. We wanted to share some resources for worship, study and practice this Lent as well as what churches around the presbytery are doing this Lent.

We will post Lenten and Holy Week events around Newark Presbytery as we get them.

Resources

From the PC(USA)’s Lent resources page:

The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and self-examination in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord at Easter. It is a period of 40 days — like the flood of Genesis, Moses’ sojourn at Mount Sinai, Elijah’s journey to Mount Horeb, Jonah’s call to Ninevah to repent and Jesus’ time of testing in the wilderness. (The Sundays in Lent are not counted in this reckoning of the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter, as every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)

In the early church, Lent was a time of preparation for the celebration of baptism at the Easter Vigil. In many communities of faith it remains a time to equip and nurture candidates for baptism and confirmation and to reflect deeply on the theme of baptismal discipleship.

Presbyterians Today has a new Lenten devotional this year, Jesus and the Prophets. The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and contemplation of the power and promise of the paschal mystery. Perhaps there are no better models of how to live Lent than the prophets. Designed for congregational, family and individual use, the 2018 Presbyterians Today Lenten devotional is now available in six languages for ordering.

Westminster John Knox has published two new books for Lenten reading and reflection, Holy Solitude and The Journey to Jerusalem.

Illustrated Children’s Ministry has Lent resources that are enjoyable for all generations. Churches all over are using their beautiful oversize coloring sheets to gather their communities around creation and discussion, not to mention everything else they offer.

LEAD, a ministry organization dedicated to building up, educating and encouraging leaders in the church, offers a wonderful blend of resources each season of the church. Art, devotions and liturgy for church and family use. Check them out here.

Lent Madness is just a little fun for Lent, started by a group of Episcopal priests, and is a “competition” based on the NCAA’s March Madness, pitting saints of the church against each other. Popular voting determines the outcomes, and you learn a lot about the saints of the church along the way. Not just for church history nerds.


Lent Happenings in Newark Presbytery Churches

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Bethel Presbyterian Church

185 Midland Ave
East Orange, NJ 07017

  • February 14, 6pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green

147 Broad St
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

  • February 14, 8pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
  • Sundays (February 11-March 25), 6-8pm – Lenten Small Group @ Church Manse: Embracing the Uncertain
    Participants Share in bringing soups
    Call Church Office to sign up and order books ($9) – 973.743.1796
  • Wednesdays (February 14-March 28), 12-2pm – Lenten Small Group @ Church Manse: Embracing the Uncertain
    Participants Share in bringing soups
    Call Church Office to sign up and order books ($9) – 973.743.1796
Central Presbyterian Church

46 Park St
Montclair, NJ 07042

  • February 14, 7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service (in Chapel)
  • Thursdays (March 12, 22, 29), 6:30pm – Lenten Soup Suppers (in Junior Room)
Elmwood United Presbyterian Church (East)

135 Elmwood Ave
East Orange, NJ 07018

  • February 14, 7pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
  • Mondays (February 12-March 26), 6:30pm – Women’s Lenten Bible Study: Strength for the Journey
    Dinner and Fellowship at 6:30pm, Discussion at 7pm
    Bring Bibles and Study Journals
    Sign up by email or call the church office, 973.678.0055
Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church

444 Union Ave
Belleville, NJ 07109

  • Wednesdays (February 14-March 28), 7:45am – Lenten Breakfasts
First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell

326 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, NJ 07006

  • February 14, 7pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
  • Wednesdays (February 14-March 28), 4:30-6:15pm – Lenten Blaze
    A program of learning and fellowship for Kindergarten-5th grade
    $25 for program – sign up and more info through church office, 973.228.0310
First Presbyterian Church of Verona

10 Fairview Ave
Verona, NJ 07044

  • February 14, 6:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Grace Presbyterian Church

153 Grove St
Montclair, NJ 07042

  • February 14, 12pm – Seasoned With Grace Ash Wednesday Service followed by Lunch
    RSVP to church office by email or call, 973.744.2565
  • February 14, 8pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
  • Wednesdays (January 31-March 14), 7-9pm – Lenten Interfaith Bible Study
    Call church office for location (off-site) and other details, 973.744.2565
The Presbyterian Church of Livingston

271 W Northfield Rd
Livingston, NJ 07039

  • February 14, 12pm & 7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Services
  • Wednesdays (February 21-March 28), 12pm – Lenten Luncheon Series: A Time in the Wilderness
    You will hear from rotating preachers from the Livingston area
    Bring your lunch, and beverages will be provided
Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair

53 Norwood Ave
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

  • February 14, 7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Prospect Presbyterian Church

646 Prospect St
Maplewood, NJ 07040

  • February 14, 5pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
United Presbyterian Church of West Orange

20 Old Indian Rd
West Orange, NJ 07052

  • February 14 – Ash Wednesday Worship Service (contact church office for time, 973-731-1868)
Wyoming Presbyterian Church

432 Wyoming Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041

  • February 14, 7:3-pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service