SPF 50 - Scripture, Prayer, Family
With the start of Great Lent 2020, our Diocese also started a new ministry for families: SPF50
Orthodox Christian families face many challenges. Engaging children with their faith both in church and at home and helping parents keep Christ as Head of their household present ongoing difficulties. Far too often, what is experienced at church on Sundays is not brought back into the home. When that disconnect remains, as youth leave home to begin a new life on their own, they will often leave the Church behind as well.
In the search for answers to help families, the best solution may be the simplest one.
"Praying together and reading Scripture together are pillars of a Christ-centered Orthodox Christian family. While families may desire to have these activities in their home, they may not be sure how to start. SPF50 intends to help our families bridge that gap,” says the Very Reverend Stephen Loposky, one of the creators of SPF50.
SPF stands for “Scripture, Prayer, Family” and is designed to equip families to read the Scriptures and pray together at home. Why “50”? Fr. David Mastroberte explains: “On average, if a family uses the recommended Bible readings and prayers, they will spend approximately 50 minutes per month in these spiritual exercises. This is not a time limit, but rather meant to encourage even the busiest family that they can make these a part of their life and learn to love encountering God in prayer and the Scriptures.”
With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory, the SPF50 Teams has produced the first two installments of this ministry program, and has now produced the third installment. The third issue will only be available in digital form. It will start September 20 and end November 14, 2020. The third Issue contains the appropriate prayers for families and also contains a reading plan for the Gospel of St. Luke. This section of the Diocesan Website which is dedicated to SPF50 also contains supplemental resources to help families get started and maintain participation
SPF50 is not meant to be separate from the ministry of the parish, but rather an extension of it. Each participating family will fill out a commitment card, which will be given to their parish Priest. Under the guidance of their Priest, the participating families will be encouraged to meet on a monthly basis, in order to foster fellowship and support.
Quality time with our Lord is hard to come by. Quality time with your family is hard to come by. SPF50 intends to help families have both.
Click To Download Second Issue ( Begins April 26)
Click To Download Third Issue (Begins Sept 20)
Click To Download Fourth Issue (Begins Nov 15)
Click To Download Fifth Issue (Begins Jan 10)
Click To Download- Seventh Issue (Begins July 7)
Each week SPF50 will offer a new audio or video recording to help us to encourage us in our life of faith at home with our families.
The next set of reflections is on Prophecy and Fulfillment which began on November 15, 2020. One will be posted each week
Prophecy & Fullfillment
Gospel of Luke
Gospel of Mark
Week 1 - The Gospel of Mark Chapters 1 and 2.
Week 2 - Gospel of Mark Chapters 3 and 4
Week 3 - Gospel of Mark Chapters 5 and 6
Week 7 Gospel of Mark Chapters 13-15
Resources You Need To Take Part
Commitment Card - To Be Given To Your Priest (PDF Format)
Metropolitan Gregory's Introductory Letter to the Faithful (PDF Format)
SPF50 - Short Explanation (PDF Format)
SPF50 - FAQ Sheet (PDF Format)