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40 ideas for Lent
Welcome to 40 Ideas for Lent, where we offer creative ideas for prayer, thought and action – as contributed by Ship of Fools readers – for the six weeks leading up to Easter. A big thank-you to everyone who emailed us with ideas, which ranged from "sing your favourite hymn out loud" through to "drink one beer less than you're used to!"

Click below for an idea per day over the 40 days of Lent, taking us from Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday (excluding Sundays). The first 22 days are below, and the rest will follow shortly.

> Introduction
> Dates of Lent and Easter 2008

> Day 1 – Wed 6 Feb: Find Lent readings
> Day 2 – Thur 7 Feb: Give... and keep giving
> Day 3 – Fri 8 Feb: Stop and say
> Day 4 – Sat 9 Feb: Cut down on plastic bags

> Day 5 – Mon 11 Feb: Read the Psalms
> Day 6 – Tues 12 Feb: Midweek worship
> Day 7 – Wed 13 Feb: Kettle prayers
> Day 8 – Thur 14 Feb: Travel at suppertime
> Day 9 – Fri 15 Feb: Door-watching
> Day 10 – Sat 16 Feb: Go on a carbon fast

> Day 11 – Mon 18 Feb: Sing!
> Day 12 – Tues 19 Feb: Give blood
> Day 13 – Wed 20 Feb: Look out for life in space
> Day 14 – Thur 21 Feb: Eat an unknown fruit
> Day 15 – Fri 22 Feb: Worship elsewhere
> Day 16 – Sat 23 Feb: Take food where it's needed

> Day 17 – Mon 25 Feb: Breathe
> Day 18 – Tues 26 Feb: Release a book
> Day 19 – Wed 27 Feb: News from elsewhere
> Day 20 – Thur 28 Feb: Turn talk into prayer
> Day 21 – Fri 29 Feb: Upload a Psalm
> Day 22 – Sat 1 Mar: Send a message

> Day 23 – Mon 3 Mar: Be a good neighbour
> Day 24 – Tues 4 Mar: Don't moan day
> Day 25 – Wed 5 Mar: Finish something
> Day 26 – Thur 6 Mar: Go on a media diet
> Day 27 – Fri 7 Mar: Watch a YouTube movie
> Day 28 – Sat 8 Mar: Climb a mountain

> Please take our Lent survey!

> Day 29 – Mon 10 Mar: Don't interrupt
> Day 30 – Tues 11 Mar: Take a prayer with you
> Day 31 – Wed 12 Mar: Dawn and dusk
> Day 32 – Thur 13 Mar: Stop shopping
> Day 33 – Fri 14 Mar: Do some proofreading
> Day 34 – Sat 15 Mar: Listen to the sermon

> Day 35 – Mon 17 Mar: Feed the birds
> Day 36 – Tues 18 Mar: Easter egg care
> Day 37 – Wed 19 Mar: Look out the window
> Day 38 – Thur 20 Mar: Meet the Messiah
> Day 39 – Fri 21 Mar: Walk and pray
> Day 40 – Sat 22 Mar: Live generously!

> Please take our Lent survey!
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