Be sure to pick up a booklet for family lenten prayer time and activities from the ushers on Sunday! It's not too late to start your family lenten reflection time.
3/17: Women's Retreat
Please join the women of St. Paul's for a lovely half-day retreat on the church campus from 8:30am-1:30pm to learn and experience the best of Celtic Spirituality. Child care is available upon request (so register now if you plan to come!) Cost is $25. Contact Laura Siriani for web link to register (email@example.com).
3/17: Activity Day for Girls Throughout the Episcopal Diocese
(Yes...this is on the SAME day as our Women's Retreat. Both events are special...you choose! )
Go green with GFS! Girls’ Friendly Society of Los Angeles/Orange County is excited to host our annual “Not So Quiet Day” Lenten event on Saturday, March 17, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fullerton. Girls aged 5-28 and adult guardians are invited to attend. The fun begins at 10AM and runs until 2PM; admission is FREE! Our theme is “Christ Hath a Garden,” and participants will have the opportunity to attend worship, participate in a scavenger hunt, try new foods, make their own mini gardens, and more! For more information, please visit www.gfscalifornia.org or sign up at https://tinyurl.com/NSQD2018 by March 10
April 1: Easter Sunday Festival
Bring your Easter baskets!
Easter is a big day for families at St. Paul's! Children will play a special role during the service, and they are invited to participate in our annual festival afterwards that includes a giant hunt for Easter eggs and lots of games on the lawn. There is no Church School this day, so kids will receive a goody bag to keep them busy during church (nursery care will still be provided for ages 0-5).
Volunteers are needed for the celebration, both during the service (briefly, to help line kids up for their processional), as well as afterwards to man/woman the various game stations and egg hunt. Please reply to this email to sign up. Thank you!
It's time to start dreaming about summer camp for your kids! If you haven't experienced Camp Stevens yet, our Episcopal campground in San Diego county, you are seriously missing out. Check out their website below for camp options. If enough kids sign up for the same week, we can organize a carpool to get them down there and back. This place is so special for all that it offers kids in character-formation as well as a instilling a deep honoring of the natural environment. Plus it's just plain FABULOUS and fun, truly a highlight that they'll hang onto. Scholarships available.
If interested, please let me know so I can connect you with other interested parents, so you can try to coordinate going on the same week. How great if our church kids got to take a big trip TOGETHER!
News from the Pews
Church School Lessons During Lent
Throughout Lent we'll be using lessons from the elegant Montessori-based curriculum "Godly Play." These lessons walk through the whole story of Jesus' life and ministry, and reflect on his death and resurrection in gentle, meaningful ways that foster children's own reflections and wonderings about how they themselves can connect with the story of Jesus. The Godly Play approach uses language that promotes spirituality from a progressive standpoint, avoiding some of the pitfalls that have given our religion a bad name.
If you have a recent school picture of your children who attend the elementary Church School class (grades Kinder through 5th), please bring one for us to post on our wall so we can celebrate our growing community of kids.
Anchored Families: Parenting Resources
The Spirituality of Parenting
I can't recommend this interview enough, from the On Being podcast. I'm so excited to discover this author and Rabbi whose expertise is in the spiritual formation of children. Her childrens' books on spirituality are stunning, and I highly recommend them as well. This interview with her is empowering for parents who want to foster deep character and virtue in their kids but aren't sure how.
Please contact me if you'd like my list of marvelous children's books I recommend that foster spiritual formation, giving language to parents that can help facilitate meaningful faith conversations with kids . Please let me know if you have recommendations, too, so I can add them to my list.