Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, February 17th.  Our Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church has put together an amazing resource for families to observe Lent together in a family friendly, hands on way.
Here is a link to the booklet of ideas.  Each week, you may choose to do activities together that only require things you can find easily or already have at home!  If you need a hard copy of the booklet, email the church office at carletonumc@gmail.com.
Supplies needed:
  Ash Wednesday:  Strips of paper, Pen, Large fireproof container, Lighter, Olive oil
  Week One: Optional: crayons, cardstock, glue, yarn, puffy paint
  Week Two: Crayons, markers, or colored pencils, Timer
  Week Three: Clear jar with lid, Glitter glue (6-8oz), Scissors
  Week Four: Optional: loud instruments of any kind
  Week Five: Legos of blocks, yeast, 1 T sugar, 1 t salt, 4 c flour, 1 egg (optional), salt for pretzels tops
  Week Six: Look for a Holy Week in a Box to be picked up at the church
before Palm Sunday! (3/21-3/28)
There are also corresponding “Playlists” – more ideas for learning, growing in faith and worshiping as a family – on the Michigan Conference website.  Check those out here!
If you have any questions or need help gathering the needed supplies, please call the church or email us.
This year’s family camp is June 18-20 at Maumee Bay State Park in Ohio (a 45 minute drive).  We are booking sites around 233-239.  We are on the same property as Maumee Bay State Lodge if you are not into camping but want a vacation with church family! There are also 2 and 4 bedroom cabins on the property. As always – we welcome day visitors as well.  There is an inland lake for swimming and kayaking, a beach on Lake Erie, a fishing pond, playgrounds, a golf course, biking and hiking trails, and a boardwalk with a nature center.  We plan meals so each family only has to cook once, so be sure to let us know if you are coming!
If you need further information, just email the church at carletonumc@gmail.com.