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Today kids all around the country are talking about the "Momo Challenge." This probably isn't the first time you have heard about the Momo Challenge. Quickly read up on this concerning issue that targets teens, tweens and even kids and can drive them to devastating harm. Read the info sheet and start a conversation today!

WHAT IS LENT?

Not really clear on what Lent is all about? Here's an overview of the seven weeks of Lent and what the Church reminds us to focus on. For more information about our church, visit www.stsa.church.

THE DISCIPLINE OF FASTING

Sometimes we talk about "giving up" something for Lent. Is the Church asking us to give up what we want, or to inviting us to build the discipline we need to make the right choices?

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OPIOiD AWARENESS EVENT

Parents! Save the date for Thursday, April 4th at 7:30 PM as HOPE Multiplied is putting on a very important event aimed at increasing our awareness of this devastating epidemic. Location is still TBD but stay tuned for more details. For now, check out this free brochure to help you and your teens navigate this topic from an Orthodox perspective.

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Living Our Faith: “It’s Too Hard For My Kids”


We need to live our faith every single day in the manner in which we are capable of at that very moment. If we do not introduce our kids to living their faith from a young age, it will become increasingly foreign and overwhelming to them as they get older.

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SPRING TRAINING

Check out how one Orthodox mom used this wonderful prayer book, geared towards kids ages 9-12, as a Lent activity for her kids.


  PRESCHOOL

A TEST IN THE DESERT

This month we’re learning all about PURITY. Sin makes your heart dirty!
Eeew! Ask Jesus for His love and forgiveness. He will wash your heart pure and clean from sins. Stay pure by saying, “No!” to sins, like Jesus did when he was tested in the desert.

>>Check out the songs, I SAY NO TO SINS! and NO, NO, NO and help your child sing along.

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SING ALONG

In Turtle Time, we’re reading a chapter titled SING ALONG. We encourage kids to sing along during Liturgy and teach them which “color” voice to use.

We use our RED voices for emergencies.

We use our ORANGE voices when we play outside.

We use our YELLOW voices inside.

We use our WHITE voices to whisper to our parents in Liturgy.

But there is ONE very special time in Liturgy when we get to use our ORANGE voices! It’s when we sing Amen, Amen, Amen.

>>Practice this hymn Amen, Amen, Amen and then join us as we praise God in Liturgy.

>>REVIEW THE TURTLE TIME CHAPTER HERE and then practice using different color voices at home—RED, ORANGE, YELLOW and WHITE—and remind your kids that we ONLY use WHITE voices in Liturgy. It’s also a good idea to remind them of what you expect of them as you’re walking into Liturgy.

 

ELEMENTARY

Forgiveness

Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn't have to pay

"Forgive the things you are holding against one another.  Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13

We are GEEKING out on technology this month - laptops, calculators, video games.  Ever notice with a computer you can wipe the slate clean with a simple "CTRL + ALT + DEL"? 

God wants us to do the same thing when people wrong us!

March 3, We are going to kick things off talking about FASTING.  What better way to talk about Forgiveness than reminding everyone about the reason for the season?  Part of Fasting is an act of repentance, and everyone needs to be forgiven, even me. 

March 10, We will be talking about how Jesus instructed Peter to forgive aplenty.

March 17, We will be talking about what the Bible says about judging people (the Speck versus the Plank).

March 24, We will be talking about Zaccheus the tax collector.

During Lent, we’ll be challenging kids to complete the STSA Lent Bingo. Each grade level has a different goal. When your child meets their goal, have them bring back the sheet to Sunday School to get a prize! Print the STSA Lent Bingo sheet and get your kids started soon.

  

download cue card here

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUNGER KIDS

When Cousin Fred accidentally damages Brother's brand-new bike, Brother Bear is angry. Can Sister Bear help him see that forgiving his friend is the right thing to do?

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION FOR OLDER KIDS

Blotch is a boy who lives in a kingdom where everyone has blotches on their skin. Each time a person is mean or does something wrong, another spot appears. Hoping to find someone who knows how to get rid of the spots, Blotch strikes out on a journey. At the first village he meets the Hiders, who merely cover their spots. Next, the Pretenders simply deny they even have spots. A third village is full of the Blamers, who constantly fight and blame each other for their rapidly multiplying stains. Fearful and frustrated, Blotch finally meets a kind stranger who has the solution for removing the spots permanently. But an elated Blotch is shocked to find out that the humble stranger is actually the King, and the solution requires that the King take the spots on Himself—a sacrifice that will change Blotch and his family forever.


MIDDLE & HIgh SCHOOL

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“Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17

Have you ever thought something worked one way, only to find it didn’t? Like maybe as a kid you thought the bathtub drain was a death trap. Then you learned it couldn’t actually suck you into the sewer and that was a game changer. Or maybe you were sure that the closet should be avoided because monsters lived there. Then you learned they didn’t. That changed your morning routine for sure. Any time you learn new information, it can turn your world upside down.

This Lenten season, our teen theme is “UPSIDE DOWN” because, let’s face it, Jesus had a habit of doing just that with His teachings and with those closest to Him. He often did or said things that were the exact opposite of what anyone expected. He’d take ideas that everyone agreed with, ideas everyone would say, “Of course that’s just the way it is,” and He’d flip them upside down. He would tell people to do the exact opposite of what they thought. This was especially true when Jesus talked about how we treat people, specifically people who like us and also those who don’t, and people we don’t even notice. Over the course of Lent, we will look at Jesus’ actions and words and focus on a principle He turned upside down. We will see that when we live upside down, we care more about God’s praise than man’s praise, we love our enemies, we celebrate mercy over justice, we find hope in hopeless circumstances, and we choose others’ comfort over our own.

MARCH 3: Fasting

MARCH 10: Courage over Comfort

MARCH 17: Love

MARCH 24: Forgiveness

MARCH 31: Hope


WHY EASY ISN’T ALWAYS BEST

Lent is hard work, especially when so much of the modern world is designed to make things easy for us! Yet life isn't easy. Can we become the sort of people who learn how to do what's best, even when it's not easy?

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THIS BOOK IS ILLEGAL IN 53 COUNTRIES

If a teenager in Afghanistan was given the same blessings you have been, imagine what they could do for God. During Lent, when we focus our minds and our time to more prayer, Bible reading and fasting, consider what an AMAZING gift you have in your hands. What are you going to do about it? Wondering where to start reading? Check out our church’s Journey through Lent daily readings. It will take about 5 minutes a day, but it will be the best thing you do each day! GUARANTEED.


Have any questions, comments or suggestions? We'd love to hear from you! Email smattar@stsachurch.org