I would like to add some ideas though:
- Have the children actually make these bags the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Let them be involved in putting this together. In this way, children become teachers along with their parents as the kids explain the parts of the bag to their parents and parents then have the opportunity for further reading on their own.
- To help the parents, set up a series of texts and/or emails to send out during Lent. Not just reminders to families to participate, but also helps and deeper information and questions to help the adults in their own faith life.
- Include some online links to Lenten devotions and calendars. Perhaps there is another piece to help enhance family faith life such as the "Lent 2015" on Time.
- Find a way to create a visual countdown during Lent. In Advent we use Advent Calendars. Forward Movement publishes a large Lenten wall calendar. What could you use or create in your own home that would help count down the days until Easter. Perhaps use the idea from the photo from the Advent resources blog I did and create "stepping stones" to Easter. Use the idea of an Easter garden to be the final destination (as opposed to the nativity set of Advent)
I have started a Pinterest page of Lent and Easter resources and the link can be found to the right. There are so many great ways to help folks focus intentionally on the season.
And don't forget to check out "Building Faith" and this wonderful idea on Lenten in A Bag.