Our Private Pascha

I have been working on Virtual Sunday School lessons and lists of ideas for Holy Week and Pascha, and on materials for my own parish as we gear up for what promises to be a very different celebration. Today, as I’m working, every time I get to Pascha, I start tearing up. For weeks I have quietly grieved the idea that my own family’s Pascha experience will be different, but today I…

Logistics: Planning Holy Week and Pascha at Home

  Note: An updated list of ideas and resources, including those listed in this post, is now available on the Tending the Garden of Our Hearts Holy Week and Pascha at Home page. This year, we will almost surely be at home for Pascha — but Christ does not rise from the dead, trampling down death by death, because we are in church; He rises from the dead because He is the…

If your kids are scared… here’s a book!

I’m reposting an old review of Sasha and the Dragon because it’s such a great book for helping children to deal with their fears, and something tells me that there are some kids out there who could use it right now. It’s available as an ebook, if you happen to need it right now. May God bless you and keep you! Update: Laura E. Wolfe has created a video of herself reading…

Virtual Sunday School Begins This Weekend!

With everyone staying home, it’s going to be hard to make Sundays feel like Sundays… so we were thinking: after you livestream the Divine Liturgy, join us for an online Virtual Sunday School! Kristina Wenger and I create new episodes of Tending the Garden of Our Hearts every week, so we are expanding those into full Sunday School lessons for the duration of this strange season. Bring the whole family. Join us…

Virtual Sunday School

I have been talking with some other Sunday School enthusiasts about how we can create a virtual Sunday school classroom, a place where you and your children can come every Sunday morning for a little video, some conversation and activities. If so many schools are moving to online classes, maybe Sunday school could do that too? Stay tuned. I’ll be putting up a link on this blog, once we know what that…