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From the Heart Series
Session 1 – Getting Love Right – Life From the Heart Series with George Papageorge ~ St Basil Greek Orthodox Church in Stockton, CA
Lent is a season of renewal and reconnection! Lent affords us the opportunity to slow down, strengthen our prayer life, and grow closer to Christ and one another.
Our Family Wellness Ministry team believes that this is a wonderful time to help make connections with people in your own family and within your church community, encouraging and supporting one another on the journey of Great Lent.
ENGAGE in the LOVE@LENT Program
Download an overview of Presvytera Michelle Triant’s “Love@Lent” – a program designed especially for families as they complete a special task each day to grow closer to Christ and one another!
Love@Lent Overview (Word doc)
Love@Lent Overview (PDF format)
You can make your own, or simply cut out these suggested Love@Lent tasks.
Love@Lent Tasks (Word doc)
Love@Lent Tasks (PDF format)
To follow Pres. Michelle’s Love@Lent activities, receive and share ideas and encouragement go to the Facebook page:
Family Wellness “Lenten Godparent Project”
Willing parishioners sign up and are paired with children in the parish to become “Lenten God-parents” encouraging kids and teens to walk the Lenten journey together as a church family.
Family Wellness Ministry Goal: to build relationships within the parish family, provide support and encouragement for all family members.
• write a handwritten weekly letter of encouragement
• commit to praying for their Lenten God-child
• are introduced on Forgiveness Vespers (usually a potluck brings everyone together the night before Great Lent begins)
• attend Holy Unction together (although you are encouraged to come together for several weekday services throughout Lent)
To come up with a list of children who are interested in participating, work together with your Sunday School leaders to determine the best way to pair “Lenten God-parents”
Click on this link to see a sample of our Sign Up Sheet:
FWM Lenten God Parent Project
FWM Lenten God Parent Project (Word File – so you can adapt for your parish)
Hear and learn the Paschal Troparion “CHRIST IS RISEN”
Check out these great ideas from Kristina Wenger ‘s “Tending the Garden of our Hearts” ~ Lenten Countdown
Lenten Journey to Pascha–The Pascha Passports are intended to help family’s journey to Pascha. They are used as a means of enrichment and education about the Lenten season to be used by the entire family or individually by children. Your Sunday school program along side Family Wellness Ministry can support this program. You can order through St. Spyridon’s Church Website
Here are many great crafts, reflections, and ideas for families: A big thanks to Jennifer Hall of Holy Apostles, Shoreline – for sharing these magnificent resource links and ideas which have been collected, tried and trusted.
Activities and Links shared by author Charlotte Riggle