Lent Resources and Newark Presbytery Happenings

Lent begins March 6, with Ash Wednesday, and concludes with the arrival of Holy Week, April 14-20. We want to share some resources for worship, study and practice this Lent.

We will update Lenten events as we receive them, and start posting about Holy Week and Easter events around Newark Presbytery next week. If you have any events to add, please email us.


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, Awakening to God’s Beauty. For those of us intent on bending the arc of history toward justice, it might be tempting to become agitated and exhausted. But with God, there is always hope. So, through photography and a spiritual discipline called visio divina — praying with art — we open our eyes with new awareness and gratitude for the beauty of creation. The text, meditations and original photography are all the loving work of the Rev. Krin Van Tatenhove. The 2019 Presbyterians Today Lenten devotional is designed for congregational, family and individual use.

Westminster John Knox has a new Lent devotional published in partnership with the Thoughtful Christian, Were You There?, using African American Christian spirituals to explore Lenten themes. Last year, they also published two excellent books for Lenten reading and reflection, Holy Solitude and The Journey to Jerusalem.

Chalice Press has a new Lenten devotional for 2019 – Leaning In, Letting Go. In this daily devotional, bestselling author Nicole Massie Martin takes us on a hope-filled journey of letting go of all that keeps us from experiencing the joy of resurrection. Daily reflections and prayers invite us to lean into God’s grace and let go of our own agendas and practices that hold us back from the abundant life God calls us to enjoy and share with the world.

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. Here are their 2019 Lent resources.

enfleshed thinks deeply about our incarnational, embodied faith and how to live it out. They put out a Lent resource that you can order, called Love y/our flesh.

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.

Building Faith, focusing on the practice of faith in everyday life, offers this wonderful resource for Lent in a Bag, so that you can learn about the themes and meaning of Lent at home. They have many other ideas to practice faith at all ages, so look at their other articles and suggested practices, too.

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.

Holy Week Resources

And…looking ahead to Holy Week, here are some resources to get you started:

Eco-Palms information and ordering for Palm Sunday.

Presbyterians Today has a great article on creating a kid-friendly Holy Week.

Lent Happenings in Newark Presbytery

Bethel Presbyterian Church

185 Midland Ave
East Orange, NJ 07017

  • Wednesday, March 6, 6pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
  • Tuesdays, 11am – Bible Study
Central Presbyterian Church

46 Park St
Montclair, NJ 07042

  • Wednesday, March 6, 7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service (in Junior Room)
  • Thursdays (April 4, 11, 18), 6:30-7:45pm – Lenten Soup Suppers (in Junior Room)
Elmwood United Presbyterian Church

135 Elmwood Ave
East Orange, NJ 07018

  • Wednesday, March 6, 7-8pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
  • Wednesdays (March 13-April 17) – Midweek Manna
    • 6:00am – Prayer Call: Dial in # 641.715.0682, access code 343334, playback # 641.715.3579
    • Noon – Breaktime Video via email
    • 5:30pm – Dinner, $5 suggested donation
    • 6:30pm – Prayer and Bible Study (Sanctuary)
    • 7:00pm – Bible Study (Sanctuary)
Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church

444 Union Ave
Belleville, NJ 07109

  • Wednesdays, March 27-April 17, 7:50-8:50am – Weekly Lenten Breakfasts at the church, free, breakfast provided:
    • March 27 (speaker: Katherine Scott-Kirschner, Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair)
    • April 3  (speaker – TBD)
    • April 10 (speaker – Greg Horn, Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair)
    • April 17 (speaker – Kirk Woodward, Fewsmith Presbyterian Church)
First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell

326 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, NJ 07006

  • Wednesday, March 6, 7pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
  • Wednesdays (March 6-April 17), 4:30-6:15pm – Walking With Jesus
    A program of learning and fellowship for Kindergarten-5th grade
    $40 for program – For more information, please contact Noe Lopez
First Presbyterian Church of Verona

10 Fairview Ave
Verona, NJ 07044

  • Wednesday, March 6, 7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Grace Presbyterian Church

153 Grove St
Montclair, NJ 07042

  • Wednesday, March 6, 12&8pm –Ash Wednesday Worship Services
Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair

53 Norwood Ave
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

  • Wednesday, March 6, 7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service
  • Sundays, March 10-April 7, 11:30am-12:30pm – Lenten Education Series, “Defeating Scrooge” Spirit-Saver Workshop
Prospect Presbyterian Church

646 Prospect St
Maplewood, NJ 07040

  • Wednesday, March 6, 6pm – Ash Wednesday Dinner and Worship Service
Roseville United Presbyterian Church

36 Roseville Ave
Newark, NJ 07107

  • Wednesday, March 6, 12&7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Services
Wyoming Presbyterian Church

432 Wyoming Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041

  • Sundays (11:30am) and Wednesdays (10:00am), February 10-April 10 – “An Acceptable Fast” Adult Study
  • Wednesday, March 6, 7:30pm – Ash Wednesday Worship Service