The Nativity Fast!

The Nativity Fast begins soon (even sooner on the New Calendar) and it’s time to think about how we will lead our families in this time of preparation for Christ’s Nativity. When we celebrate the feasts of the Church, we Orthodox do not simply note the anniversary of an event, but we enter into it — our earthly timeline gives way to the eternal, and we simply step into the Nativity. So…

Angels — Resources

The latest podcast episode is up, focusing on how angels really are.  While the average American may believe that dead people become angels (after they do some good deeds, triggering a bell to ring and wings to grow), we Orthodox have a clear understanding that they’re not human at all. In the course of the episode, I recommended an excellent book:  Joel J. Miller’s Lifted by Angels: the presence and power of our…

Special Needs in the Sunday School Classroom

Every year, we invite parents to add “Notes” to their student’s Sunday School registration. Is there anything we should know about your child?  Any special needs, dietary restrictions?  Please offer any information you feel would be helpful to your child’s teacher. We hope that any parent who knows that their child could benefit from special techniques or approaches will offer that information here, or at least be reminded to approach the Sunday…

Teaching the Lord’s Prayer

In our Sunday School class, which is a combined group of 7th, 8th and 9th grade students, we’ve decided to tackle the Lord’s Prayer because this is the one prayer that all Christians have in common:  Orthodox, Catholic, or Protestant, we all pray The Our Father as our Lord taught us in the holy Gospel. It’s probably the most common and perhaps the most frequent prayer our kids are praying. Naturally, at…

Welcome!

As the companion to the Raising Saints podcast, this blog will cover familiar ground: equipping parents and teachers, godparents and grandparents, to talk about the Orthodox Faith with the children in our lives. The wonderful thing about this blog is that, unlike the podcast episodes, we’ll have a Comments section here so that we can discuss topics together! I look forward to hearing from you, and I encourage you to comment here…