PresCare is a partnership between the Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Support.
PresCare looks for ways our shared faith and commitment can respond to the needs and nurture the wellbeing of children and families in Aotearoa.
Over the 40 day period of Lent, from 13 February - 30 March 2013, PresCare invites congregations to focus on our shared concerns at this very significant time in our Christian faith.
When we read the Bible, the strongest heartbeat of God we hear is the call to care for needy, the poor, the vulnerable.
This Lenten booklet contains weekly reflections which are based on the lectionary readings in the weeks leading up to Easter. Each reflection has been contributed by a minister in the Presbyterian Church and all Presbyterian Support regions have contributed a story.
The booklet also includes family friendly devotions which are made to be shared! Here’s how they work:
Lent is a special time in the Church when we remember the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. It was a difficult time for Jesus. He fasted (ate no food) and was tempted by the devil. During Lent some people give up things to remind them how Jesus gave up his life for us. Other people do extra kind and generous things during Lent to share Jesus’ love. This Lent we want to encourage you to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus by loving others the way he does. Once a week at breakfast, dinner, or bedtime, take time to read the Bible together, talk about it and decide how you are going to reach out in love.
The illustrations in this booklet are from artwork submitted for the PresCare Art Competition in 2012. The theme of the competition was, Love Reaches Out.
The 2013 PresCare Lenten resource will be mailed to all parishes the week commencing Monday 11 December 2012. If you would like more copies of this booklet please contact Assembly Office, phone Sandra 04 801 6000 or email email@example.com
You can download the 2013 Lenten resource here.
How to use this booklet:
READ each of the lectionary passages
MEDITATE on the reflection which is based on one or more of the passages
CONSIDER the questions they pose
TURN to the Presbyterian Support contribution
REFLECT on how you can put your faith into action this week
BRING these reflections, thoughts and intentions to God in prayer
Over the 40 day period of Lent, from 22 February to 8 April 2012, PresCare invites congregations to focus on our shared concern for the wellbeing of children and families. Our belief that peace and justice and the care of the most vulnerable are central to our Christian faith, lead us to prayer, practical action as well as supporting a prophetic voice that might speak to the underlying causes of such high levels of family violence in a country which is blessed in so many ways.
During the second week of February all congregations will be sent a number of booklets which focus on these themes through a series of Lenten reflections and also express our support for the work of Presbyterian Support’s Family Works, by providing you with an opportunity to donate to their work. If you would like more copies of this booklet please contact Assembly Office, phone Sandra 04 801 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the letter sent to all congregations from Moderator the Right Rev Peter Cheyne and Frazer Barton, Chair of the National Council of Presbyterian Support.
How to use the Lenten booklet
The 2012 Lenten reflections booklet has been created in consultation with a number of ministers and Presbyterian Support workers for personal or small group study in parishes and is divided into weekly themes for the period of Lent and Holy Week, running from Ash Wednesday, February 22 to Easter Sunday, April 8. Many verses (marked with a * in the booklet) are sourced directly from the current Lectionary if you wish to integrate content with your services and other meetings. There are also weekly devotions created specifically for families and children by the team at Kids Friendly.
Support and Church share common past and goal for children
The manager of PresCare, Thomas Mitchell, is convinced that children, young people and their families will benefit from PresCare, a five-year partnership between the Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Support begun earlier this year and aimed at caring for communities by focusing on the wellbeing of children and families.
Thomas says it makes sense for two organisations that share a common past and significant resources to work together from their shared values and goals. He has spent the first two months in his newly created role following through on PresCare’s first project - Lent resources for parishes – and seeking ideas about how to link Kids Friendly, Presbyterian Youth Ministry and Presbyterian Support services, especially Family Works...Download Spanz June 2011 to read the full story on page 17.
Prescare offers a collection of meditations, one for each day in Lent, available now to all congregations. If you would like more copies email email@example.com
In addition, PresCare offers resources to help provide a brief focus within worship on the needs of children and families.
The resources include
They can be used in any way and in any combination you want – whatever best suits your style of worship.
They can become a special focus within a service or supply the basis for discussion.
However you use them, we hope these offerings will provide a way to remind your congregation as we travel towards Easter of our common calling to extend Christian care to the families within our land whose lives lack the warmth and joy so many of us take for granted.
The Church’s Kids Friendly has developed an interactive family Lent resource to be used alongside the PresCare 2011 Meditations for Lent.
The Journey Towards Easter Pack is available from 1 March and invites families to choose one night each week of Lent when together they:
Download the Journey Towards Easter Pack from the Kids Friendly resources page. It can be photocopied and made into packs for families to explore and reflect on what they can give, rather than give up, this Lent.