But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 3:14-15
The primary mission of Sparks is to share Free Coloring pages telling stories that share our faith
I have also enjoyed creating items for sale that can be colored by our sparks to create unique projects as expressions of their growing faith. The items for sale supports my work on Sparks.
Meet the original Sparks
When our oldest was about two years old we started looking for Orthodox coloring books and couldn’t find any. So I started sketching them and in January 2017 I began to post them in a blog for other mothers to use. Sparks was born. As my kids grow I will expand the ages of materials. They will cluster around the interest of my kids, but I hope they will always be useful to other families too!
As most mothers find, kids have better attention when their hands are busy!
I grew up a Baptist girl in New Hampshire, until I met an Orthodox boy. After many long debates I was welcomed into the Holy Orthodox Church by my now father in law.
I’ve always had introert tendancies, so I connected with people through art. It was “my thing”, I spent most of my high school electives in the art room.
But in my Baptist church there was no place for visual representations of worship; everything was about music. At home, I began painting Biblical themes on my own.
When I was introduced to icons, I knew I found my Church. I continue to connect with my communities through art. Art connects us to eachother, and to God; as if we are mimicking the Holy Spirit in our own little way.
A beautiful part of the Orthodox faith is striving to do all things while focusing on Christ. We learn to wash dishes or sweep while saying the Jesus prayer; we do family prayers and personal prayers; many of us create the little Church.
I strive to create this lifestyle for my children too. I create the coloring pages so that my kids can participate in the faith while doing normal activities. Kids need to be surrounded, the way we adults are, with activities that grow our faith.
If we expect our children to love the Church, and grow in the Church, it needs to be a normal part of their childhood. In my opinion, what’s more normal than coloring?