Time to Prepare a Holy Friday Retreat!

For those of you who might be planning a Holy Friday retreat for your parish, the Greek Archdiocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministry has just put out a new retreat plan! You can download a lesson plan for “JOY” (3rd-6th grades) and another for GOYA (6th-12th grades). In our parish, we’ll be adapting the lessons for all ages — using the JOY plan, with adjustment, for preschool through 3rd grade,…

New Video: Mixing It Up — Almsgiving

On the Blueprints for the Little Church channel, we have a video marking the Halfway point — we are halfway through Great Lent! Is there an almsgiving project that you might do right now that could breathe some fresh life into Lent for your kids?

New Video: Sustainability

On the Blueprints YouTube channel today, we’re asking the question — is your plan for Lent turning out to be sustainable?  Does it need adjustments to make sure that the rest of this season is meaningful for your family, but doesn’t wear them out?  Don’t be afraid to prune as needed! And is your plan sustainable past Great Lent?  What would that mean?

Parenting: Struggling Toward the Kingdom

March is Parenting Month on Ancient Faith Radio! Inspired by the release of Dr. Philip Mamalakis’ Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Principles of Child-Rearing, we’re focused on parenting this month. At Raising Saints, we focus on ways that parents and teachers and any adults, really, can pass on the faith to children. Today, I want to flip it around, and consider the effect that leading the children can have on the parents.…

YCC2017 – Youth Ministry & Parents

If you haven’t seen it, you might be interested in a talk I gave at YCC 2017. I’m addressing a conference full of Youth Ministry and Camp Workers, on the topic of how we approach parents — what’s gone wrong with some of our Orthodox parents, how we might be part of the problem, and how we might look at fixing it.