How does this program work?
This program is designed to help your child prepare for the Divine Liturgy by providing them with engaging stories and challenges. By providing them with the scripture readings, before they hear them in church, they are more likely to participate in the service because they will already be familiar with what they are hearing.
Each week you will receive a PDF in your inbox with your child’s new Quest or Clubhouse story, helping them to make strong connections with the week’s reading. The older kids will look forward to a code to crack, a mystery to solve, or questions about the faith designed to get them thinking. The younger kids get to laugh and engage with the Clubhouse kids as they listen to a story and decorate their coloring page as they learn about the week’s saint.
What happened to the boxes?
When we first started the SaintsBox journey we were hoping to provide a monthly subscription box club for Orthodox kids. We ran into a few snags around that idea. First, shipping was a HUGE expense making it difficult for us to provide the program at a reasonable price. While the idea of weekly crafts was fun, our main goal was to produce content that would benefit families as they try to make Faith Focused and Fun connections between Church and home. We had to ask ourselves if crafts or physical mailings were necessary to accomplish our primary goal. The answer was no. We feel we can accomplish our goal, while keeping the program engaging, without the added expense. By cutting out the crafts and transitioning from monthly boxes to our current method, we are able to pass the savings on to our customers and make the program available to more families.
Why is it still called Saints “BOX” if there are no boxes?
We decided to keep the name even though the format has changed. We now offer a “box-o-saints” with our SaintsBox Series 1 tin, along with our Pocket Prayer Corner tin. We are also working a variety of themed boxes, additional SaintsBox and Pocket Prayer Corner series, and a few other projects that are “hush-hush” that we hope to make available in the near future. So the name still seemed to fit with who we are and what we are producing.
How much time will this require of me as a parent?
I am mom to 10 children and I know if I had to find time every day to fit in one more thing I’d just be setting myself up to fail. This program is designed to take very little time to execute each week. Parents of the 4-8 year olds should expect to spend about 15 minutes per week on this program because this age group needs more supervision and may require help reading. Parents of 8-12 year olds can expect to spend 5-10 minutes each week. This older group can be much more self-sufficient and often the only part you’ll be doing together is the reading. We respect your time and hope to make this program easy to squeeze into any busy home schedule.
Why aren’t the readings included in the PDF?
We feel it is important for children to experience reading the Bible in the home. We want to encourage them to read the Holy Scriptures and the best way to do this is by example. Seeing the Bible read, or reading themselves, helps them to see the Bible as a meaningful part of their faith that they have access to at church and home.
How do I know which level to buy?
You know your child best. Some 7 year olds will be more interested in what the older group is doing and some 8 or 9 year olds will benefit from the stories and coloring page used in the younger group. We will do our best to keep descriptions of each age groups content updated so you can make the choice that’s best for your child.
Does this work for children (or adults) with special needs?
Yes! It may require a little more time or explanation, but many kids with special needs will benefit from this program. If you have an older child but they function more toward the younger age bracket, consider using the Saint John’s Clubhouse program. If they need minimal support the TQ6:21 program may be right up their ally. In addition, the SaintsBox tin and Pocket Prayer Corner provide more ways for children to learn and interact with the faith. We have tried to make this program simple but engaging.
Is this a curriculum?
No. This program was created to benefit all Orthodox Christian homes with children ages 4-12. It is supplemental to what you are already doing to encourage your children and live the faith at home and in the world.
Is this for homeschoolers?
No and yes. This is not a curriculum and it was not designed specifically for homeschoolers, but it makes a lovely addition to your pre-existing homeschool plan. Homeschoolers can take the bones of this program and build around it. The full SaintsBox tin includes info pages which can be used to help children become more informed about the saints, the countries they are from, where they served and what the faith looks like around the world.
Is this old calendar or new calendar?
At this time we are using new calendar. The teaching icon cards can be used by either group.
Which jurisdiction is this under?
The core group members working on this project are a mix of Antiochian Orthodox, OCA and Greek Orthodox. Our blessing is from an Antiochian Bishop, but we strive to make this a Pan Orthodox venture.
Why Saint John’s Clubhouse?
Our family has a sweet connection with Saint John of San Francisco. Just before we moved from California to Colorado we had the privilege to visit the Cathedral in San Francisco where his relics are. We said prayers and received blessed oil from his vigil lamp. We got to go to the building that had been his orphanage and pray in his cell. He loved children and loved God. In that we are the same. We wanted to have Saint John as the patron of our clubhouse as we present God’s word to these little ones.
As children get older they are ready for an adventure. TQ stands for Treasure Quest and 6:21 and forms the foundation TQ6:21 is built upon. Matthew 6:21 “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The idea is to equip these kids with spiritual and real life adventure tools to help them store up treasure in heaven that will not decay and can’t get stolen.