Several United Methodist-related organizations are publishing Lenten studies online that can be downloaded and reproduced for free. The NC Conference Media Center recommends taking a look at these studies to share with your group or congregation.
Living Our Baptismal Calling
Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church is offering a Lenten study on our baptismal vows in either Formation Groups of 7-12 people or Courageous Conversations for a larger group. The Formation Groups will study the baptismal vows and support one another in living them out. The Courageous Conversations are intended to deepen the congregation’s ministry with a specific group of marginalized people: prisoners, homeless people, immigrants, or soldiers. Resources for engaging either of these options are available at https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/lent-living-our-baptismal-calling.
Roll Down, Justice!
The General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church offers a Lenten study that uses songs and written reflections to help you answer two questions: What are you prepared to give in order to have a closer walk with God? What can you give in order to embrace anew the work of justice? The free online version offers six videos and downloadable study guides with a place for online discussion. A complete worship experience based on this study is available for purchase. Access the free version here: http://www.gcorr.org/roll-down-justice-a-lenten-biblical-reflection/.
With Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed
The Society of St. Andrew works to end hunger. Their Lenten devotional this year is focused on Jesus’s words in Matthew 17:20. You can order paper books in bulk for free or download the electronic copy. A Good Friday Fast booklet is also available. Download or request these materials at http://endhunger.org/lent.