SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Is your family constantly busy? Overscheduled? Always plugged in?

Learn how to enjoy unscheduled time together, embrace the moment, and be intentional about relaxed time and play during the week. A free workshop for parents and grandparents from the author of Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family's Experiment with Holy Time will be offered Sunday Sept, 28th, 2:00-4:00 pm at Willow Grove Presbyterian Church (1961 Raritan Road) in Scotch Plains.

Funded by a grant from the Presbytery of Elizabeth, this free workshop will be led by author and Presbyterian pastor Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana, who summarizes her book this way; “Part memoir, part spiritual reflection, part practical guide, the book is about our family's experience of taking a day-long Sabbath every week -- a time when we stopped all work, striving, hurrying and producing and focused on play and rest. It's about our family's cobbled-together successes and our flat-on-our-face failures. It's  for people who sense the dysfunction in our 24-7 world but need some inspiration and some realistic help to do something about it.”

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Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana is Pastor of Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, Virginia. Her writing has appeared in, The Washington Post, Journal for Preachers, and in a monthly column for the magazine Presbyterians Today. She was recently featured on the PBS show Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on sabbath. Rev. Dana is a graduate of Rice University and received her Master of Divinity in 2003 from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is a mother of three, a haphazard knitter, and a slow marathoner. Her website is The Blue Room. She will also preach at the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday Sept. 28th. All are welcome.

The workshop will be held in Alexander Hall. Free childcare will be provided during the workshop, and the book will be available to purchase. Willow Grove Presbyterian Church is located in Scotch Plains at 1961 Raritan Road, across the street from the Southside Firehouse, near the corner of South Martine Ave. For more information, call 908-232-5678 or visit