Family Ministries

Family Ministries

A Wrinkle in Time: Lent at Union

This Lenten season, join us in exploring Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved and award-winning 1963 novel and its themes of beauty, belonging, freedom, and the power of love.

2/11: Family Pre-Lent event, 4:30-6:30pm

Families are encouraged to join us for a pancake supper (in advance of Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday) and an introduction both to Lent and A Wrinkle in Time, a middle grade novel that is at once about faith and science, that takes place mostly in outer space.

Our activities will be inspired by both A Wrinkle in Time and its exploration of stars, and the words of Katherine Paterson, another great American children’s book author:

A friend gave me a copy of a small magazine which her husband was editing. On the back of the magazine was a dramatic photo of Supernova remnant Cassiopeia A and under the picture this quotation:

‘When the Chandra telescope took its first image in August of this year, it caught not just another star in the heavens, but a foundry distributing its wares to the rest of the galaxy.

‘Silicon, sulfur, argon, calcium, and iron were among the elements identified from Chandra’s X-ray image. “These are the materials we are made of,” said the project scientist.’

The thrill that every writer recognizes went through my body. I knew I had a idea for a book in that quotation.What would it mean to a child that the world has discarded as waste material to learn that she is made of the same stuff as the stars?

Come for a night of pancakes and star-making, as we find our place in this Lenten season. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required: contact Penny Johnson at

Every Sunday:

  • 9:07 a.m. in the Chapel
    Stories – Art – Interactive Prayers – Movement – Music   35 minutes for families to get to know God together. One of the most important things Christians do together is worship. This service is designed to help families learn to do just that – in ways that recognize the gifts and energies that children bring to the practice. Squirming is expected and appreciated; questions and interruptions are encouraged. No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.