Calling Writers, Podcasters, and those who sometimes think about it…

In case any of you sometimes think about getting started writing or podcasting on Orthodox topics, I thought I’d let you know about an upcoming conference that might really help you get started. I’ve attended both of the previous Ancient Faith Writers & Podcasters Conferences (we call them AFCon for fun), and this year’s conference promises to be as good or — if I could even imagine it — even better. Every…

Holy Friday Retreat Planning: Harrowing Hades

  Every year, our parish hosts a Holy Friday Retreat. The kids join us throughout all of the various services of the day (Royal Hours, The Descent from the Cross, The Lamentations Service, etc.) and in between, we spend time together as a parish, decorating Christ’s tomb and cleaning the church. The day is, for the most part, a beautiful multi-generational event. The kids work alongside adults of every age, and we…

Tending the Garden’s Special Guests

We are midway through Great Lent! If your family’s experience of Great Lent needs some reinvigorating, we have a special treat over at Tending the Garden of our Hearts! Every week, in addition to our daily meditations (printable and recorded on our AFR podcast) we offer ideas for activities and crafts designed to enrich your family’s experience of the fast. This week, our special guests, Natalie and Despina from OrthodoxPebbles.com have created…

Review: Everything Tells Us About God

If you’re looking for a Pascha gift for your children, grandchildren and godchildren, Katherine Bolger Hyde has written yet another profoundly beautiful children’s book and I heartily recommend that you consider it. Everything Tells Us About God is very special and sure to become a beloved favorite in many households. Katherine walks her reader through the world, noting that every piece of God’s wonderful creation speaks to us of its Creator. This is…

Summer Program for Orthodox Teens

I have been so swallowed up by our exciting work at Tending the Garden of our Hearts: Family Meditations for Great Lent that I haven’t been posting much new Raising Saints content, and for that, I apologize!  I do hope that you and your family are enjoying our daily devotionals (and if you haven’t heard them yet, check them out!)  Sunday School teachers might take note — the devotionals can be downloaded…

Daily Lenten Podcast is up on Ancient Faith!

Kristina Wenger and I are excited to see our new podcast up on the Ancient Faith Radio site! The first episode has posted — it’s an introduction to the series of daily lenten mediations for children, with ideas for a lenten countdown you can put together now. Subscribe now, on Ancient Faith and on our website: tending-the-garden.com You’ll be all set to receive reminders of our daily podcast for children and their…