There are seven main seasons of the church. The great diversity of our Christian traditions means that some seasons are named slightly differently and some dates are variable, but this is the overall, middle of the road, happy medium, calendar.

Seasons of the Church Calendar

  • Advent: four weeks. color: royal blue
  • Christmastide: 12 days, until the eve of Epiphany on January 6. color: white
  • Epiphany: 8 weeks, give or take a few weeks depending on when Easter falls; plus a little at the beginning and a little at the end to get us to Ash Wednesday for Lent. Color: green
  • Lent: 5 weeks, plus a little at the beginning and a full week of Holy Week. color: purple
  • Eastertide: 7 weeks to Trinity Sunday. Color: white
  • Pentecost: 1 week, which is included in the first week of Kingdomtide. Color: red
  • Kingdomtide: 28 week, give or take a few weeks depending on when Easter falls. Color: green

How to make a Season’s of the Church Calendar:

First a confession. The first three times I made one of these was a disaster. Mostly it’s because I’m an adult. All along I thought this was an advantage. In my first attempt, I couldn’t make myself label the seasons counter-clockwise. In my nearly 40 years on this planet, I have learned that everything moves clockwise, going against requires more thinking than I can summon. Funny thing my seven year old and ten year old pulled it off, “It’s easy, Mom,” they said. Likely story. I think there is a deeper meaning here. In my second attempt, I spelled Epiphany wrong, in permanent marker. My Southern Baptist roots betray me, who ever heard of Epiphany in the first place. And my final attempt- I couldn’t get the dashes, to mark the weeks, evenly spaced. There were rulers, protractors, and a host of other instruments I hadn’t used since High School Geometry involved. Once again counseled by people not even of driving age, I realized I was letting this calendar use me. Got it. So I stepped back and let the kids make it. It’s great and it’s attached to our fridge.

Materials: poster board, pencils, permanent markers, rulers (only one and no more tools) crayons, 1 brass brad

1. This calendar will look very much like an analog clock. Cut a large circle (as large as you want your calendar to be) out of the poster board.

2. Divide the calendar into seven sections, like a pie graph. Take a look at the seasons listed above, estimate that, for example Kingdomtide will need the most space because it has the most weeks. Pentecost and Christmastide will have tiny spaces. **Remember: the seasons go in counter-clockwise order. For example: make a space for Advent, then move to the left for Christmastide, etc. If you get stuck ask your kid for help.

3. Within each season make “dashes,” like the five minute marks on an analog clock, to represent the weeks contained in each season.

4. Write the name of the season on its space. Color the season space with its color, see the seasons’ list above.

5. Cut out an arrow from the poster board. Use the brass brad to attach it to the middle of the calendar.

Optional Additions: put a star on Christmastide, and a Cross on the first week of Eastertide. Invite/encourage your children to research the history and tradition of the seasons and write a list of their symbols in their space. Decorate the house with these symbols when their season comes around. A friend of mine has a sort of wind chime hanging over her kitchen bar, she changes the items on this chime as the seasons change. We change the items on our mantle. All of this is not to make us consumers; in fact it’s more fun to make some of these items. But these are like the icons in the Orthodox Christian tradition; they are open widows into the life of Jesus. They remind us that we mark our lives by his life.

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How do we read for transformation, not just information? Choose books that stir the soul and have an enduring quality. Then read with God and others at an unhurried pace, attentive to what the Holy Spirit wants to teach. The Renovaré Book Club is designed for transformative reading. It runs October 2018—May 2019.

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