Lent with Kids

It feels like we just wrapped up Christmas, but Ash Wednesday is only 2 weeks away! In addition to preparing children for Ash Wednesday, and explaining the purpose behind Lent, here are a few ideas for how to incorporate Lent into daily life at home and weekly parish life. Life at Home: Pray. If you don’t pray as a family, Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross

For Easter I gave our three year-old the newly released picture book The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross by British author Carl Laverton. He traces the whole story of our life with God beginning in the Garden of Eden, to the Temple, to the Cross, to the Resurrection, and, finally, to the life to come. This Read the full article →

1.10.2016 Sermon Bonus

  Last Sunday we looked at the story of Jesus’ baptism in Luke 3:15-18, 21-22. The beginning of Jesus ministry was marked by baptism with water and the descent of the Holy Spirit on him, making him “mighty in word and deed.” The sacrament of baptism also marks the beginning of our life in the Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Children’s Advent & Christmas Books, Part 2

We asked several moms at Restoration which books they read to their children during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Last week we listed a few favorites to read to the young ones in your life. Here is part two as we approach Christmas. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever By Barbara Robinson, for grades 2-6, though I really think Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Children’s Advent & Christmas Books, Part 1

We asked several moms at Restoration which books they read to their children during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Here are a few books to consider for the young readers in your life. Check back next Friday for part two of our recommendations. A Meaningful Christmas: A 24 Day Family Devotional By Carrie Rogers and Brittney Poe, available from ameaningfulfamily.com This simple but wonderful Read the full article →

Thursday Share: Observing Advent as a Family

Advent can be mean more for your family than just a candy filled calendar. Ditch the “Elf on the Shelf” and consider incorporating some of these ideas from Elizabeth Peterson into your family’s traditions. Advent literally means “the coming.” This season is about preparation, not performance or perfection. We are preparing our hearts to welcome Christ Read the full article →

Restoration Recommends: Reading about the Church Year

If you have come to the Anglican church from another tradition you may be surprised to hear that not only do we have a slightly different way of praying and worshipping, we also have a slightly different calendar. New Year’s Day for the Anglican Church falls on the first day of the Advent Season, which Read the full article →