Program Components

There are four ways for a church to participate in Lent 4.5.


1. Weekly Handouts / Bulletin Inserts (Set of 9)

Becoming Informed and Taking Action

Take-home materials are central to the program. Each weekly handout focuses the congregation on an area of consumption. It presents the church’s teachings, a menu of practical suggestions to abstain from over-consuming in that area, a reflective prayer, and suggestions for additional learning activities. Each handout educates your congregation, helps them understand how to reduce their consumptive patterns, and motivates them to embrace Christian simplicity. Handouts can be included in weekly church bulletins or distributed separately.

Handouts are available in three versions:

  • Catholic  – English 
  • Catholic  – Spanish 
  • Multi-denominational Christian 

2. Discussion Courses

Study Groups and Faith Sharing

"Christian Simplicity: A Gospel Value" is a seven-session course which enables faith sharing groups to have a more in-depth experience. This self-facilitating course is designed for 8-12 people to meet weekly for 1½ hours to pray, reflect, and discuss readings based on the weekly themes of Lent 4.5. The course book (125 pages) is a collection of essays, articles, book excerpts, prayer services, and discussion questions designed to create a lively interchange.  


3. Online Resources and Weekly Reflections

Going Deeper and Exploring Options  

Members of participating churches will be able to join the Lent 4.5 Community. As members of the Lent 4.5 Community they will have access to detailed practical guidance on how to implement the lifestyle changes they select and be able to expand their knowledge with the online resources through the website. They can subscribe to receive the free weekly email Lenten Reflection, offering inspiration and creative alternatives for living Christian simplicity. Lent 4.5 Community members can submit prayer requests and they will be able to participate in the Lent 4.5 blog, a nationwide community of sharing faith in action. 


4. Activities for Children    

School Resource Book for Teachers

The "School Resource Book" helps teachers of grades K-8 address consumerism through age-appropriate curriculum guides. Children can begin to understand the impact of their purchasing habits, the problem with the consumer mentality, and the harmful impact consumerism has on God’s creation, matters of justice, and their spiritual welfare.

School Resource books are available in two versions:

  • Catholic School version
  • Sunday School version 






Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

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Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

Program Components
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