LENTEN SERVICE PROJECTS - MARCH 12, 2017
This session started with a reminder that last month, we learned about different ways we can make a difference in the world. This month, we will actually do two things that will make a difference.
As we begin our Lenten journey, we reflect on those spiritual pillars that will help bring us into a deeper relationship with God. There is prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (giving). It is this third pillar that we focused on in this session.
We give alms with a spirit of generosity to our brothers and sisters in need, honoring Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors. This Lent, through our sacrifices, we can empower and transform the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.
During the session, we created a “giving tree” whose leaves describe all of the good deeds we performed for others throughout Lent, and “socks of love” filled with toiletries for the homeless.
“Giving Tree” - Displayed in the Main Foyer of the Church
Families made a tree trunk out of large brown paper, about four feet high.
They then cut green, yellow, orange, and red leaves out of construction paper.
They then wrote one idea of how to be service-minded on each leaf. Ideas included talking to elderly, sending a card to someone, calling someone on the phone, running an errand for someone, taking flowers to someone, etc.
Each time a child or youth performs one of these services during Lent, the parents will write his/her name on the appropriate leaf and tape it to a branch on the tree.
“Socks of Love” – Keep Love in Lent
Pre-work by facilitator and others:
The facilitator, before the session, started by collecting travel-sized items and long knee/tube socks.
Stuffing items were also collected before the session. These items included shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, chap stick, hand sanitizer, kleenix, sunscreen, lotion, etc.
Like-items were sorted into gallon ziplock bags to keep them together for better assembly line work.
One of the socks was placed inside the other, prior to stuffing. (This made it look like we were only stuffing one sock) . Having one inside the other also helps to not stretch the socks out too much.
About 10-12 items fit into the long knee socks; 6-8 items fit into crew socks.
The facilitator purchased Holy Cards, ribbon and tags
During the session:
Families lined up in assembly line order and stuffed each sock pair with each of the toiletries and a Holy Card
Other families wrapped the ribbon around the sock pair and tied the tag to the sock.
The stuffed socks will be distributed to the homeless in Kailua Kona. Essentially, a homeless recipient will receive a new pair of socks (one sock stuffed inside the other) with all the essentials they might need for personal care, including the love of God (Holy Card) shared by compassionate hearts. Sharing the love of God through scripture and prayer is a great way to love the less fortunate. You never know when you might be holding out a lantern for someone else to see the light of Christ.