and trying to keep both!

Rooted in Prayer Virtual Vacation Church Camp Review

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Wanna talk about struggling to keep your faith and sanity, how about this pandemic?!?! Whew! 

Well, Ancient Faith has noticed the struggles and has come out with a virtual vacation church camp, Rooted in Prayer. This camp can be used by families, groups, and churches. While it’s intended for preschool through middle school-aged children , Rooted in Prayer can benefit older or younger kids as well.

Rooted in Prayer was created by Tending the Garden of our Hearts podcasters, Elissa Bjeletich and Kristina Wenger, which are familiar voices to many Orthodox children and parents. Their gentle, yet enthusiastic tones and demeanors appeal to children and present materials at the child’s level, not from an adult perspective, but with mature guidance. These two make a fantastic team to open children’s hearts and minds to new ideas and faith concepts.

This five day course consists of videos for opening and closing prayers, a daily lesson, saint of the day, and even a music class. Then, the included PDFs have activities, crafts, snacks and more. This camp works well for families as a time to sit down and walk in the faith together. It’s also encouraged that you could get a group of friends together via video conferencing software or hosted by your church. It’s flexible enough to be used daily, weekly or whenever you meet.

The content is great, of course, and I really love the songs from Cece Yentzen. My boys really engaged with them and I will catch them singing these songs throughout the day. I do have an item to note. Not all families will have access to high-speed internet at home. We live in the country so our internet is slow at best and it’s capped at not so many gigabytes. I would appreciate being able to have a transcript of the videos, especially the songs. That being said, I definitely recommend this program to families and churches, alike. It’s a fun way to engage children in the faith.


You can find Rooted in Prayer Virtual Vacation Church Camp here.