Here you’ll find links to resources referenced in Faithful Families as well as other books, blogs and faith at home resources I hope you’ll find helpful as you create sacred moments at home!
Materials to complement the practices in Faithful Families
We’ll start out with links to the specific practices in the book. At the end, you’ll find links to general products that I think are great to have around and that many of the practices use. Refer to the Table of Contents in Faithful Families.
Part 1 – Traditions
Morning – Prepare for the Day to Come: In Faithful Families I recommend a laminating machine for this and other practices. Totally optional, but this is one that I’ve used in the past and it’s fairly economical for home use. You can also have things laminated at an office supply store such as Office Depot or Staples.
Dinner – Grace Meals: If you like to cook or are interested in exploring the idea of mealtime traditions, I recommend the books Dinner: A Love Story and How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach
Marking the Passage of Time – Color Your Year: Here’s an Etsy listing with tablecloths that can be ordered in all of the colors I suggest.
Epiphany – Star Words – LINK TBA – FREE
Lent – The Three Pillars of Lent – Use the three Lenten practices listed in Faithful Families, or purchase the Lenten Family Practices Calendar from my Etsy shop. There’s a new one each year!
Easter – Witnessing Resurrection – This is the butterfly kit that I recommend using for this practice. We’ve used it with great success.
Pentecost – Harness the Power of the Wind – Here’s a lovely red kite that could be used year after year for this.
Thanksgiving – Gratitude Tree – Easy template download for the ornaments can be purchased HERE for $2.00
Advent – Advent Wreath – The book suggests using simply votive candles, a pillar candle and a plate. You could also buy a complete set to use year after year. I think THIS one is lovely! Also, Jerusalem Greer has a beautiful one with instructions on how to make it HERE.
Advent – Acts of Kindness Calendar – Ornaments can be purchased HERE.
Part 2 – Ceremonies
Traumatic Current Event – Here’s a link to the type of faux feathers I’m talking about in that practice. Download a PDF of the bird template HERE. TBD!!
Part 3 – Spiritual Practices
Photo Prayers with Baby – The practice in Faithful Families suggests simply printing a few photos and using those every night as prayers. For those who are crafty, though, I thought THIS was an interesting tutorial on how to make your own board book. Also you could have one made through a service like PINHOLE PRESS. (Kind of pricey, but would hold up nicely…)
Matchbox Prayers – I don’t know many people that have match boxes around anymore, frankly. Here’s a link to buying some in bulk.
Prayer Beads – One could go crazy finding awesome beads to use for prayer beads. It’s hard to provide a link to just one, but here are some simple assortments ranging from the inexpensive and kid friendly plastic beads to the more mature and funky glass beads for older children and teens.
Labyrinth – Chinet paper plates like these work well. (You probably don’t need 100 of them, though! They have them at the grocery store, usually.) Puff paint like this is required for this one, too, because of the raised surface it creates. Download a PDF of the labyrinth here. TBD!!
Cell Phone Prayer – Here’s a link to another fantastic use of cell phones in a new way from Reformed Worship. I tried this in my congregation and had good luck with it!
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