Giveaway for a Fantastic Set of Books!

St. Spyridon Church in Palos Hills, IL will be holding a JOY Advent Retreat on Saturday, November 15th. The day begins with Orthros and Divine Liturgy and continues with speakers and activities for both children and parents. The theme of the retreat is “Awesome Wonder” and topics for the parents will include Preparing your Family for Advent, The Hymnology of Advent, Orthodox Christmas Traditions amongst others.

Presbytera Georgia is also compiling a list of Orthodox resources and a Lenten Lunchbox Recipe Book. She’d like to include at least 40 recipes for during the week and weekends as well.

So we need your help!

Everyone that submits a recipe will be entered in a drawing for a set of books that Presbytera is very generously donating. The books include:

  • My Church My World by Fr. Chrysavgis
  • Basil’s Search for Miracles by Heather Zydek
  • How the Monastery came to be at the Top of the Mountain by Alvin Alexsi Currier
  • The Meaning of Icons by Presbytera Hallick
  • A set of Divine Liturgy Activity Books created by the Orthodox Christian Education Commission
  • Icon Coloring Books

The more recipes a person submits the more chances to win the drawing. If you post about this on your blog and link back to here, you’ll be entered again as well! The submission deadline is October 28th. Of course, everyone will be given credit for their submission. Please send all submissions to OrthodoxMama(at)gmail(dot)com.

What a wonderful opportunity to build our children’s Orthodox library! Thank you Presbytera Georgia!

**NOTE: I will be drawing the name of the winner from this comment section so please leave a comment for each recipe you send and let me know if you’ve posted about this! Spread the word!

Alright ladies, I need you to put on your thinkin’ caps!

For awhile now I’ve been working on a project that (so far) I’ve titled The Orthodox Kid’s Busy Book. It’s a compilation of different ideas, crafts and recipes geared towards Orthodox Christian moms. Orthodoxy is a way of life and I believe by educating our children in the Faith through the use of fun and creative activities, they will begin to truly understand this concept.

I have a little over 100 different ideas so far, but I’m looking for some fresh and new ideas! So I need your help! I’ll be randomly choosing people who send suggestions and sending them nifty little prizes as a thank you. So every idea you send you get entered, so send as many ideas as you can!

Some examples are listed, but it is certainly not limited to the following:

What are some of the special things you do with your children?
A special bedtime routine?
What kinds of craft projects do they enjoy?
How do you celebrate namedays or feastdays?
Do you have a favorite kid-friendly recipe?
How do you keep them focused at prayer times or at Church?
How do you spend rainy days?
A special poem or prayer, perhaps one you wrote, for them?

Even if it’s not necessarily Orthodox (yet) please share it anyways! They can be any type of Christian ideas, or just plain ole’ activities and things that your children enjoy! ANY of your ideas or suggestions will be terrific!

I’m not sure how I am going to work out the credits yet, but if you’d like your name to be included with your “tip” please include your first and last name. If not, please sign anonymously.

The point is to encourage children to learn their faith through tangible means. To help them learn self-control, patience and good manners. God has given us the awesome responsibility of being mothers and molding these children into well-mannered and obedient children. A large part of fulfilling that role is by spending time with our children and letting them use their imaginations! Our imaginations are a gift from God! The ideas that I hope to present in this book will encourage mother/child bonding time with projects that children will look forward to creating!

Please e-mail all ideas to OrthodoxMama{at}gmail{dot}com!

Thanks a bunch! You guys are great!