(Our St. Patrick display)
Last Sunday, I filled in for the Sunday school teacher. We started with this prayer:
Heavenly Father, we come here together to worship you, to learn your stories, and to learn how to follow you. Send your Holy Spirit upon us as we hear the stories of your servants in your church. Help us also to be good disciples of Jesus. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Since St. Patrick’s Day was Tuesday the 17th, I taught the kids about St. Patrick, focusing on how he used the shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity. Inspired by a project from the Catholic Icing blog, we made Trinity Shamrocks, emphasizing how God has three distinct parts but is still one God.
It was a fun project and the kids enjoyed it. I also read them the St. Patrick page from one of my favourite books, Saints and Angels, and shared a little information about Ireland with them. We talked about what makes a person a Saint and discussed why we learn about saints (our discussion boiled down to Saints being people of amazing faith and devotion to Jesus and God and that we can learn a lot from them about how we, too, can be faithful followers of Christ).
On the actual day, G and I made Irish Brown Bread while listening to Celtic music. I made Shepherd’s Pie for dinner, too, which was really yummy. We also had time for a craft, so G made this fun St. Patrick mobile:
Here’s a close-up from our display, all of which G enjoyed playing with:
It’s the wooden St. Patrick and lamb I made (and mountain background). In case you would like one, I did list them in my etsy shop. (shameless plug, I know)
St. Patrick Prayer:
Almighty God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of thee: Grant us so to walk in that light, that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.