With Great Lent beginning one week from today—on Monday, March 3, 2014—the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid [CSHA] is recommending two resource articles from its Resource Handbook for Ministries designed to address the spiritual needs of children and youth.
- In “Church School Lenten Read-a-Thon”, Sonya Sidoriak Hitt, a member of Holy Transfiguration Church, New Haven, CT, offers a wealth of suggestions to encourage children to develop a reading plan during the Lenten season. She also encourages children to use their parish libraries—of special interest in our era of on-line communications.
- In “Gift of Prayer: Prayer Partners”, Karen Mravetz, a member of Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH, relates a Lenten outreach project piloted in her parish that can easily be adapted to use in others.
“We hope that these resources will help made the upcoming season of Great Lent more meaningful and spiritually rewarding in all of our parishes,” said Donna Karabin, who chairs the CSHA.