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- 7 Ways to Celebrate your Orthodox Dad This Father's Day
1- Let him sleep in All dads or even more, ALL MEN love their SLEEP! let's give them a break that day and let them sleep in. And what is a sweeter way to wake them up with a bed in breakfast and a nice hot cup of coffee? 2- Wash his tonia and badrshil (Deacon Vestments) Let’s be honest! How often do we wash the Deacon vestments?! If he is a deacon, surprise him with a freshly cleaned and ironed Tonia and Badrashil. P.S. Don't forget to throw the washing water in the grass. 3- Update his Apps/Books Not all fathers are tech savvy. Get him the latest service apps such as Copticreader, Coptic hymns, and upper room media. There are wonderful Orthodox apps out there! If he's a books person, checkout the bookstore for the newest edition service books, or a good spiritual book to read. 4- Get One of his "tasks" or "fix it" done A quick example would be cutting the yard grass or changing the bad bulb in the bathroom. Anything that can clear his schedule a little bit will be much appreciated. 5- Take him out to his favorite restaurant Or even better, get his favorite meal from his favorite restaurant delivered to his doorstep. We know dads prefer to sit home and relax. So Avoid the heat, the long wait, and the distraction (especially if you have young kids) and simply get his favorite meal and let him eat it at the comfort of his home. 6- Give him the TV Remote I know I know, it’s hard but...just for this one day, give him the remote! Have you gotten his Father’s Day gift yet? Here are some nice gift ideas from our shop: Wishing all fathers a HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
- 6 Ways to Prep for Lent with Your Family
1- Evaluate the TV content Whether I like to admit it or not, TV is a much needed babysitter after a long and exhausting day to keep the kids busy while preparing dinner. However, I realized that I can utilize this time by letting them watch christian content shows such as Superbook, Seakids, or even christian video songs. 2- Change Food options during Lent My daughter was introduced to the idea of fasting last Advent where we eliminated chocolate candies on Wednesdays and Fridays. I will probably encourage her to fast by eating only vegan food on Friday's starting this Lent. Of course I won't forget to ask our Father of Confession for guidance to create a fasting plan that fits her age and health. 3- Start new prayer habits My 6 years old daughter has finally shown interest in praying from the Agpeya (Whohooo!). Even though I am still struggling with picking the proper passage to pray with her, I am very excited to start this new prayer habit. To make it extra special, I purchased some cute prayer rope bracelets, from Knots4prayer *** , to help us start this beautiful journey. 4- Spend quality time Having fun in the presence of God I am so grateful for all the new Orthodox makers who are creating amazing hands on activities that focus on spending quality time with God. If your kids are between the ages of 9-12, start them with The Great Lent Journey**** You and your children can walk with Christ through the seven weeks of Lent, learning from Scripture and the Church along the way. Also, you can have an fun game night playing a Time Travel Escape Room Game that engages the kids in reading the bible and learning about the stories of the Sunday's Gospel readings during Lent while searching for treasures and solving clues. We are blessed to have resources for tons of other amazing activities we can do with our kids. Another fun game night would be Coptic who, which is a fun engaging game to learn about our Saints in the Coptic Church. Quality time doesn't need to be costly or fancy just playing together while listening to some Christian songs, I think is more than enough. 5- Create a prayer corner Due to the pandemic last year, I believe most of us were encouraged to create a prayer corner especially made for Holy week and Good Friday. Why not do it at the start of lent and begin praying in it? How cool would it be to decorate this corner together with our kids by adding nice picture, a cross, candle and whatever our children can create. I believe, it is key to involve them for the kids to feel it is their corner too. One of our Coptic artists, Molly Andrawis, has painted this beautiful Veil of Veronica acrylic on Cotton Cloth that could be a beautiful addition to the prayer corner. You can reach out to her, to order one, at her Instagram account: @Mollycanvas 6- Dedicate a Reading time Not only should the kids read daily, but we should do too! Lent is the perfect opportunity to pickup a new book that can help us take a step closer to God. I have personally enjoyed reading. Putting Joy into practice by Phoebe Mikhail and The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monk. Phoebe has also recommended these other books that would be a great read for the family during lent: - Letters for Pilgrimage: Lenten Meditations for Teen Girl - The Great Lent: Patristic Meditations on the Sunday Gospels Dear reader, what other new habits are you planning to start with your children this new season? I would love to learn about them! May we all have a blessed Lent journey and grow closer to God. ***With Great Lent and Holy Week coming up in a few months, an Orthodox Prayer Rope will come in handy! It is used as a constant reminder to ‘pray without ceasing’ as St. Paul the Apostle tells us. The traditional color of the prayer rope is black, which symbolizes mourning for one's sins, with either black or colored beads. The beads (if they are colored) are traditionally red, symbolizing the blood of Christ and the blood of the martyrs. Use promo code WTC15! IG: @knots4prayer Website: www.knots4prayer.com ****"Great Lent Journey" Walk through Lent with your kids using Great Lent Journey! Each family kit includes a guidebook, a map, two passports, and passport stamps to mark off the weeks. With full-color illustrations, plain English versions of the weekly Gospel readings, and lots of little bonuses, it's sure to be a hit with you and with your kids. (And don't miss the special tutorial at the very back of the book either!). Use code WETHECOPTS before April 16 to get 10% off your purchase. ***** for Coptic who game,use code NXYBSR71ZAYV for 10% off till Mar 12
- Your Holiday guide to handmade gifts and decor made by Coptic Makers
DemJoyous Occasions by Demiana Azmy “Winter Family Door Sign” This piece is a personalized winter-themed door sign to add a cute and warm welcome to your place, whether on your front door or inside your home! The words on the sign can be changed according to your preferences, such as “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” etc. Follow DemJoyous Occasions @demjoyous_occasions on Instagram and “DemJoyous Occasions” on Facebook, and send her a message on either one to purchase! Agape Calligraphy by Miriam Fanous "Santa's Tray" Start a fun family tradition by welcoming Santa to your home with a personalized tray for his Christmas Eve snacks! Pour Santa a glass of milk, along with his favorite cookie, and a carrot for his reindeer! Also check her our beautiful ornaments and other Christmas items. Use code: WETHECOPTS when you place an order for a discount! shop here! Knots for Prayer by Marina Samaan "Custom Prayer Ropes" Custom prayer bracelets, keychains, necklaces and more using the orthodox prayer rope method which began with Saint Anthony The Great. Promo Code: WTC2020 for a special discount to We The Copts friends Shop here! Positively Coptic by Mira ***Coptic Maker from Canada*** Check out these gorgeous handwritten ornaments and head to her Etsy shop for more Coptic personalized pens and ornaments as well Whether you are looking for something for your home or a gift, feel free to contact her with any ideas. Your custom order is a click away! use this promo code: CODE10 for a special discount for We the Copts readers Shop here! PaintTheSaint by Mariam Younan "Orthodox Peg Dolls " These are wooden, hand painted, Orthodox dolls. They represent members of the Coptic Orthodox Church such as moms, dads, deacons, nuns, priests, etc. They are perfect for imaginative play and even for gifts for adults. Dolls can be personalized and purchased as a set or individually. Use code WETHECOPTS for 10% off your next purchase! Shop Here! Harvest Soap Co. By Carol Samaan "Mistletoe" and more! Handcrafted, artisan soap made with natural ingredients. Use code is JOY20 for 20% off Shop here! Coptink By Cristein Gendy "Stickers" Cling to God like a Coptink sticker this Christmas season. All the stickers are hand drawn replicas of @coptink Instagram drawings and are completely dishwasher safe, weather proof and made to last a lifetime. Bless the ones you love with a gift they can put on anything and carry around with them everywhere they go. The stickers make for a great stocking stuffer or card insert. Use the code WTC2020 during checkout for a special season only discount. Shop here! Holypals Biblical Kids Pajamas ***Another Coptic Maker from CANADA** Their purpose at Holy Pals is to make the Bible a part of every child's life at home. Have fun with story time before bed and use the pictures on the pajamas to tell the story or even have your child do it! Each pajama has a fun Biblical print and has the passage reference stitched on the sleeve. Look up the passage with your child and memorize where the story is in the Bible. Both you and your child will grow to know the Bible more and more with every wear. Use code WETHECOPTS for 10% off of entire purchase. Shop here! We the Copts by Martina Hanna And finally….Head to our website for a complete list of perfect gifts for every member of your family this holiday season. Make sure you subscribe to be up to date with our new products and site activities. For Sunday school, bulk and service inquiries, please reach out to us for discounts.
- Free Printables | We the Copts
Coptic Letters Flash Cards Print and create this quick Coptic flash cards and enjoy learning the Coptic Alphabets with your kids Print Here Directions: 1- Print pages 1-4 2- Turn them on the other side and put them back inside the printer 3- Print pages 5-8 4- Cut the the squares following the dashed lines 5- Laminate them or just punch them and put them in a ring 6- Voila! enjoy your new flash cards. Happy learning!
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