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Seasons by Step series Know Chocolate for Lent Formation for Kids & Families

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Available January 2019
Formation for Kids & Families
Seasons by Step series
Know Chocolate for Lent

Use this along with Know Chocolate for Lent Adult Study & Women's Retreat

Did you know that no fewer than seven popes made pronouncements on chocolate, all agreeing that it doesn't break the lenten fast?  Use this fun and meaningful resource to engage children and families in your program this Lent!

This resource uses the growing and manufacturing process of chocolate as a metaphor for the growth of faith and discipleship in the Christian life while guiding participants through Lent, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Lent is an appropriate time for reflection and study so that believers comprehend the significance of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Know Chocolate for Lent helps the entire parish reflect on the significance of the gifts that they often take for granted—the gift of chocolate and the gift of faith. Through their participation, people of all ages will experience the connections between the growing process of chocolate and the growing process of being a Christian. They will connect God’s gift of the rainforest and God’s gift of the church. In addition, they will understand that what they often take for granted—whether it is chocolate or faith—is much more satisfying when they know the story behind the traditions they celebrate.

Know Chocolate for Lent provides the focus for a wide variety of seasonal experiences. The child & family formation resource includes ten sessions with:

  • Children’s messages, for use in children’s liturgy of the word or other weekly catechetical settings.
  • Family reflections to be used in homes. These are also provided in reproducible booklet format.
  • Additional tools and resources, including helpful illustrations, ideas for decorating worship spaces, and informative references.

A separate companion resource for adult formation includes adult formation sessions, a women’s retreat called “A Chocolate Feast: Celebrating God’s Goodness” (which could be used for any group), and more.

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Format: eResource
Product code: LR119
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 85 pages
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Written by Phyllis Vos Wezeman and Anna L. Liechty


As a religious educator, PHYLLIS VOS WEZEMAN has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana; Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana; and Program Coordinator for ecumenical as well as interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.

In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an "Honorary Professor" of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she has taught methods courses for extended periods on several occasions. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.

As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in 200 villages and more than 1,500 schools in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/ Empowering Girls.”

Author or co-author of over 2,000 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.

Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc.; a consultant or board member to numerous local and national organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, LOGOS, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a six- week youth exchange program to Russia and Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilley Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three “Distinguished Alumni Awards," the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association, and the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE).

Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies from various institutions and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.

Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children and their spouses, Stephanie (Jeff), David, and Paul (Deha); five grandchildren, Quin, Ayle, Lief, Ashley, and Jacob; and two great-grandsons, Maddox and Troy.

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ANNA LIECHTY taught English to high school students and served as adjunct faculty for Indiana University South Bend for many years. Anna also worked as a mentor trainer and teacher coach with adult learners for the Indiana Department of Education. She won numerous educational classroom grants, including the Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity grant.

As a life-long church educator, Anna worked with all age levels, directing Sunday morning and youth programming, consulting with congregations about their educational ministry, and writing a wide variety of religious education materials. She served as Vice President of Active Learning Associates and co-authored four Lilly Worship Renewal grants.

Anna’s undergraduate degree is from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her Master’s degree from Indiana University South Bend. She was certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Adolescent and Young Adult English Language Arts.

In retirement, Anna continues to pursue a variety of writing projects, receiving an Individual Artist Grant in Literature from the Indiana Arts Commission. Now living in Florida, Anna enjoys traveling with her husband Page Foster, a retired pastor, and counting the days between visits with six children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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