40 Days of Preparation | February 17th to April 3rd, 2021

What is Lent?

Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. It is a time of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. By observing 40 days of Lent with fasting and prayer, we, as Christ followers, imitate Jesus’ withdrawal into the desert for 40 days before the start of his earthly ministry. The 3 main things Christians focus on during Lent are prayer, fasting (abstaining from something to reduce distractions on God), and giving, or charity.

We are providing a Lent journal with Scripture and reflection as you prepare your heart in this season. The digital version below allows you to open on your device and enter text directly into the document via iBooks, Adobe, etc.  We will also have physical copies available for pick-up starting Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Fasting Guide

Complete Fast 
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast - This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
Partial Fast - This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast - This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.