With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, you may be thinking about the green you'll be wearing or the cupcakes to take to your Bible study class or the Shamrock craft that your going to work on in Sunday School. Not us. We are thinking about Missions.
Some of our dearest friends are missionaries. So our hearts are naturally drawn to missions and Ceesa has declared over and over again that she wants to serve in another country. She actually laments that we aren't somewhere out there serving together (Poppa being a youth director at our church is not as exciting as the adventure she is planning! :) Jo-Jo says she sees places to be a missionary right here in our country. She'll be a missionary here.
I recently found a book that I was really drawn too.
When I got the book, I quickly flipped to the section on St. Patrick's Day. (There are sections for 19 holidays total, more than one for each month.) It has background for each holiday and "suggestions for connecting your faith and honoring God,"
The chapter for St. Patrick focuses on who he was, how we came to Ireland (he was English, not Irish), how he was lead to be a missionary, how he taught with the Shamrock, and lots of suggestions for celebrating.
Since like Patrick, we have a heart for missions. We decided to make a "Pot of Gold" to collect money for mission projects that we can do as a family.
To get started, you need super glue or another super hold adhesive, a clay pot, a clay saucer, black paint, and colored pencils.
We started by gluing the saucer to the pot. You will need to glue the sides of the pot to the saucer. Gluing the bottom will not hold it in place. You don't have to use a saucer, but pots have a hole in the bottom that your money will fall out of. You can cut a circle shape from a piece of cardboard and slide it in the bottom of the pot instead.
Then paint your pot black. Once the paint dries, use colored pencils to write Pot of Gold for Missions on the side of your pot. And draw on a Shamrock.
Display your pot in a place where everyone will remember to drop money in. As a family choose a mission that you would like to support or be involved in.
Together we read the section in Holiday Living about Patrick and I made a discussion handout for us to talk about as a family. It's at the bottom of this post, so be sure to download it!
Here are the resources we are using at our house this St. Patrick's Day:
Holiday Living: Using Year-Round Holidays to Build Faith and Family
One is the Veggie Tale movie Sumo of the Opera. There is a story about St. Patrick in the middle of the story about the Italian Scallion.
Another is the Adventures in Odyssey - Days to Remember CD. One of the days is about Saint Patrick's Day!
And our Saint Patrick's Day Discussion Questions.
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