Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bringing Church Home

Last Saturday was our annual church women's retreat. Normally we have a weekend event, and often bring in a speaker. This year, my mother came up with the concept of focusing on practical aspects of Orthodox living. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the hotel we had booked fell through, and the retreat was shifted to a one day event held at the church. Looking back, that was a real blessing! The theme was Bringing Church Home, and we decided to have a series of mini workshops led by some of our own ladies, along with a series of discussion periods focusing on female saints and scripture passages. The goal was to present a wide range of ideas gathered through reading, online research and personal experience, and share some of the more tangible ways we express our faith. It was an amazing day, and I learned so much. I would like to share with all of you some of the many wonderful ideas, displays and information from this day, so I will be posting a series of posts here outlining what was covered. Here is a list of the topics, and as I post on each one, I will link to this main post.

The Home Altar
Daily Devotional Aids
Service in the Church
The Nativity Fast
Preparing for Pascha
What's in your Pascha Basket?
Home Organization Tips

4 comments:

leah said...

It sounds like a wonderful retreat, and I eagerly await your sharing of it! These are some areas in my life that need developing.

DebD said...

this does look wonderful and I love the idea of brainstorming together.

mary said...

I'm really looking forward to reading these posts. It will be the second best thing to being there

magda said...

I recently found your blog (thanks to the Letters of Grace project), and am looking forward to reading more of your posts! Please pray for me, a sinner.