Our Lenten practice today is to pick up litter outside our house or at a park. Even with slush on the ground, is there a way to carry out this service idea? Try this idea adapted from Vibrant Faith at Home as you work on it as a family.
Say this prayer aloud to begin: Creator God, thank you for all you have created and for this opportunity to spend time in your creation today. Help us to take good care of it. Amen.
Walk together through your neighborhood or a local park. Collect trash as you walk and talk, taking care to be safe in what you collect.
Have your child share about what they love about spending time in nature. Some prompting questions can be:
- What is it like to live in the middle of God’s creation (nature and other people)?
- What is something you have learned about creation when you’ve been outside?
- When have you experienced something new in creation (sleeping outside, seeing stars, hiking, swimming).
- What have you learned about God as creator?
Read aloud Psalm 148 (click here). Discuss these questions:
- What does this Psalm teach us about God as creator?
- How can we praise God as our creator at home?
Close in prayer: Almighty God, we praise you for your glorious works, and for how the earth you created feeds us and clothes us and provides for us. Help us to praise you with our hands and our minds and our hearts as we work to protect all that points us to you. (The Green Bible Devotional, HarperOne, 2009).
Read a reflection from one Catholic mom on why she lets her kids pick up trash.
Our Lenten practice today is to fast from fancy food. We are asked to eat very simple meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What that looks like on your table will be particular to your family.
Consider going a little further and set aside the difference in cost to donate to our 10-cents a meal offering, usually taken on the first Sunday of the month. Your fasting will then have very real impact on someone else’s hunger in our local community. Read more here about this idea, and about Stop Hunger Now, a mission project our youth and Mission Kids have participated in for the last two years. Look for more information about how your family (all ages) can get involved when we work with them again in September.
Today we are observing Lent by gathering 5+ items to donate to a food bank. Did you know that we have a regular First Sunday Food Drive at the church? We deliver any items placed in the labeled Welcome Center bins to the food pantry at Loaves and Fishes. The Lenten calendar suggests holding the items you gather today to deliver on March 28th. Let me challenge you to go ahead and deliver them this Sunday (first Sunday in March) to the church, and then collect AGAIN on March 28th to deliver for the first Sunday in April food drive as well. Let your child help pick the items from the pantry, and place them in a bag. Don’t look for the out-of-date can of olives and the dented tomato paste. What would you want to choose for your hungry family to eat? Say a prayer together over the bag, then place it by the door so you remember to put it in the car. We are blessed to be a blessing!