Hello! We have had numerous inquiries with regard to our plans for the Tending the Garden podcast. Those who are planning ahead for their family or Church school for the 2021-2022 year may find it helpful to know what we have in mind, so we are sharing it with you now, before the year begins.
God willing, we plan to begin writing a New Testament Bible stories book for children and families. It could be that some of the stories that will eventually be in that book may show up as episodes of our podcast this year, so stay tuned! We are both very excited to begin on this project. It has been on each of our hearts for a long time.
Throughout the COVID lockdown and the school year we have all just come through, we provided Sunday school lessons based around the Tending the Garden of Our Hearts episode of the week. This required that we coordinate a larger theme for the school year, scheduling each lesson in a way that made sense for both the school and the liturgical year. Each week, Elissa and I researched, wrote and recorded the lesson/episode, created related worksheets, and finally uploaded and laid everything out on the site. It took a lot of time and effort, but thank God, we were able to do it for that season. Thank you for your prayers. We needed them!
Writing a book is a lot of work. In order to free up time each week to work on that, we have made the decision to return to the usual podcast formula. Returning to a regular podcast will mean that the topics for our episodes will vary from week to week, and there won’t be worksheets. However, we will likely produce a written version of each episode and questions, and post that PDF, which could be a helpful starting point for anyone who still wishes to use the episode with their lessons.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we take on this new task, and as we continue to create weekly podcast episodes. We will surely need them. Thank you for all of your support, inquiries, and ideas. We are grateful to have you journeying with us in this way!
Thank you, too, for all that you are doing to help our young brothers and sisters to grow in the faith! May God bless your efforts!