Did you know pretzels have a long connection to the Lent season, dating all the way back to the seventh century? It’s true! In both their ingredients and shape, they make the perfect reminder for the Lent season to pray and spend time in God’s Word.
Pretzel Prayers is a family resource that uses pretzels to encourage daily habits of prayer and Scripture reading while teaching about the historical connection of pretzels and Lent. It includes 41 days of prayer prompts focusing on Lenten themes like prayer, giving, fasting, confession, forgiveness, and more, all thematically tied together through pretzels (a historically Lenten snack!). (Note: the 41 days include the 40 days of Lent, not including Sundays, and an additional prayer card for Easter/Resurrection Sunday.)
This simple but engaging resource will take families only 2-3 minutes per day. Here’s how it works: Each day during Lent (taking Sundays off), kids will choose a Pretzel Prayer Card from their bag. They’ll read the Scripture and complete the prayer prompt together as a family, or older kids can do this on their own. That’s it! It’s a simple and fun tool to help families develop spiritual habits as we prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter.
Additional activities are also included to give families something fun and simple to do at home throughout the Lent season, whenever works best for their schedule.
All YOU need as a leader to create Pretzel Prayer Bags for your families are cardstock, a stapler and/or tape, printing paper, and brown paper bags. This makes this resource extremely cost-effective for you as a leader, and the Pretzel Prayer Cards are easy to cut, saving you time as you prep a bag for each child or family.
This download includes:
- 41 Pretzel Prayer cards for Lent (includes Easter Sunday) (.png graphics + PDF printable)
- Canva link to blank formatted Pretzel Prayer Cards in case you want or need to customize any prayer prompts (free Canva account required)
- 3 pretzel-themed family activities (.PDF + .docx)
- Leader guide with assembly instructions + links + additional ideas (.docx)
- Parent email template (.docx)
- Social Media graphics with pre-written captions (.png + .docx)
- Introduction Flyer/Note (PDF + .docx)
- Pretzel Prayers Tracker to help families track their progress (PDF)
This product is a digital download, which means you will receive a link to download the files after completing the check-out process. Please note: It is too large of a file to view on a mobile device.
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