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Faithful Celebrations series Faithful Celebrations - Winter Making Time for God in Winter

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Making Time for God in Winter
Faithful Celebrations series
Faithful Celebrations - Winter

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  • Activities for celebrating secular and sacred seasons of the year
  • For use in churches, schools, camps, at home

Many of our experiences in life happen when several generations are together— at church, at home, in our communities. Holidays and family events are times for celebration, learning, rituals, food, and fun. This edition of Faithful Celebrations focuses on the months of January and February, when secular holidays can become times to think about how we live out the gospel message in celebrating national holidays with more than a day off from school or sending a greeting card.

Each event to be celebrated includes key ideas; a cluster of activities to experience the key ideas; a list of materials needed; full instructions for implementation; background history and information; music; art; recipes; and prayer resources to use in a small, intimate, or large multi-generational group. For children, youth, adults, or any combination of ages, any of these activities can take place in any setting.

Faithful Celebrations: Making Time for God in Winter includes New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine's Day, and Snow days.

Audience: Christian educators, youth ministers, camps, schools, parents

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Super Bowl Sunday
  • Valentine's Day
  • Snow Days

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: CP0954
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Length: 144 pages
Church Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781640650954
Edited by Sharon Ely Pearson


Faithful Celebrations is a rich offering of holistic approaches to learning, celebrating, and living into the spiritual meaning of milestone winter holidays and special days. It integrates well researched background resources, prayer, activities, and ritual to provide rich opportunities that invite us to bring our faith into action. Pearson helps her readers make full meaning of holidays such as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday by bringing alive the cloud of social justice witnesses for intergenerational engagement.
The Rev. Charles A. Wynder Jr., Office of Social Justice & Advocacy Engagement for The Episcopal Church
Making Time for God in Winter, the newest book in Sharon Ely Pearson's Faithful Celebrations series, has more recipes for joy! Once again, Sharon offers important information as well as imaginative ideas and resources for bringing together everyone in your faith community in ways that will deepen and strengthen connections across generations. Her creativity extends to outreach activities, games, crafts and prayers that will be effective and fun in churches, homes, schools, and community gatherings.
Wendy Claire Barrie, Program Manager for Children & Youth at Trinity Wall Street, New York City
These thoughtful, manageable activities will inspire creative celebrations during a season when it's easy to feel a little down. This book reminds us that "How does this occasion relate to my Christian faith?" is a foundational question of discipleship—and that Spirit-filled joy helps us find our answer.
Kyle Matthew Oliver, assistant priest at St. Michael's Church in New York City and e-Formation instructor for Virginia Theological Seminary


SHARON ELY PEARSON is a Christian educator, editor, and author with 35+ years of experience in Christian formation on the local, judicatory, and church-wide level. Known for her knowledge of published curricula across the church, she has written or edited numerous books, including The Prayer Book Guide to Christian Education, 3rd edition; Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People; The Episcopal Christian Educator's Handbook; and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and a lifelong Episcopalian. You can follow her at