Celebrating a Year of Feasts

Each year, Pete and I look at how we will disciple our girls.  What things are we keeping?  What have they grown out of?   What do we want to try to add?  This year we have decided to celebrate the major Old Testament feasts as a family.  Last year we celebrated Passover with a Seder on the Thursday before Easter.  It add so much to our holiday - making the weekend truly holy days - that we want to do it again and add in a few more.

We'd like to invite your family to join us.  I am sharing our calendar with you so you can start planning ahead as well.  Prior to each feast I will share  a post about the history of the feast and how we are planning on celebrating/observing it.  Afterwards I will share photos - because we all love some photos right.

Please understand that our desire is to remember the works of the Lord and to tell them to our children - a command repeated throughout the Old Testament.  It is not our intent to try to observe Old Testament feasts as any sort attempt to keep the Law, that through Jesus we are no longer under.  Our salvation and freedom come through the blood of Christ alone, not through the keeping of feasts, law, or ritual.

Two resources that I will be drawing from are;  Finding Your Place at the Table of Tradition by Derek Leman (a wonderful study I recommend to all), and Walk with Y'shua Through the Jewish Year by Janie-sue Wertheim and Kathy Shapiro ( a wonderful family resource provided through Jews for Jesus).

Here is the calendar.  Our family will attempt to celebrate as close to these dates as possible, but since we are not observing these feasts as Law, we are going to offer ourselves a lot of grace.

Passover:  April 3rd-11th.  We will have our family Seder on Maundy Thursday which is April 2.
Shavuot:  May 23-25
Rosh Hashanah:  Sept 13-15
Yom Kipper:  Sept 22-23
Sukkot: Sept 27- Oct 4th
Hanukkah:  Dec 6th -14th

Has your family ever celebrated any of these feasts?  I would love to hear your experiences.  Please comment below or email me at wendyandersonschulz@gmail.com