Original post on 1/14/14: I go to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Saratoga, California. Part of our mission is to be the Orthodox Church for all the people of Saratoga, even though most of us don't live in Saratoga. So, I've been thinking about how to do that. Here is one idea I've come up with. What do you think?
St. Nicholas Day Fair for 3rd grade and under
Purpose: To expose the people of Saratoga, especially the children to the love of Jesus as it shines through St. Nicholas, to let the Light of Christ shine on the people of Saratoga, and to convert non-Christians to the Orthodox Faith.
Concept: A parish festival where we ask for nothing but give what we have to the people among whom we live and worship.
Price of admission: A can of food for the needy
What each child gets: 2 game tickets, 2 craft tickets, 1 drink ticket, 1 bell ringing ticket, 1 ticket to Panikhida to St. Nicholas, one candle to light before the icon of St. Nicholas, a booklet about the life of St. Nicholas
Crafts: Garland stringing, leather stamping, ornament painting, paper miter making, Christmas card making
Games: window coin toss (Need more ideas for St. Nicholas themed games. Maybe something about catching swords or bobbing for pickles.)
Drinks for kids (price 1 ticket): Kinder punch, mulled cider
Drinks for adults (Free) All the kid stuff plus coffee
2:45 P.M. (or whenever school lets out on Dec. 6) Beginning of procession from Blaney Plaza to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church via Big Basin Way, 4th Street, and Elva. (about a 15 minute walk at a kid friendly pace.)
3:P.M. (or when the procession arrives) games and crafts and drinks begin.
4:30 p.m. bell ringing begins.
4:45 (or when the last child has rung the bells) panikida begins.
Event is over when the panikida is over.
St. Nicholas prayer cards given to everyone who stays to the end of the panikida.