Activities inspired by Tending the Garden of our Hearts
Scripture verse sticks
Motivated by this discussion, we created a set of Scripture verse sticks, a quick, simple, and inspirational craft. These sticks can be used as prompts for reflection and discussion, or as motivational bookmarks. They could also make a thoughtful Pascha gift.
The repentance cup
This is a game to help teach young children about repentance. As mentioned in Tending the Garden of our Hearts, when we lead a repentant life, God is able to fill us with His Grace. In this way we are like an empty cup, which is only ready to be filled when repentance is present. This game can help explain this rather abstract concept to young children in a more concrete way. The object of the game is for the player to fill his/her cup by spelling out the word “repentance”. Detailed instructions can be found inside our printable packet above.
Raising of Lazarus paper puppets
For the end of Great Lent week 6, Elissa and Kristina suggest acting out the story of the Raising of Lazarus. In our printable package above, you can find paper puppets that can be used for this purpose, together with instructions on how to make and use them.
THE RAISING OF LAZARUS was the very first topic we created material for here at Orthodox Pebbles, so we have a very special fondness for it. Don’t miss our whole lesson plan on the Raising of Lazarus, including short background, icon, activities, storytelling resources, crafts and recipes.
- Be the Bee video ep.#28 – Time to Repent, from the Y2AM of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. For more, visit Y2Am.org.
- Sermon on the Sunday of St Mary of Egypt, by †Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (Bloom)
Scrapbooking paper used in the illustrations: