Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Pizza Salad






Here is a salad I make that is easy and tastes great.






Pizza Salad

1 pound spiral macaroni, cooked and drained
3 medium tomatoes, diced and seeded
16 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
1 to 2 bunches green onions, sliced
3 ounces sliced pepperoni
3/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Croutons, optional

In a large bowl, combine macaroni, tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, green onions and pepperoni. In a small bowl, combine oil, Parmesan cheese, vinegar and seasonings. Pour over macaroni mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Top with croutons just before serving if desired. Yield: 16 servings.





Friday, May 27, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Mystery of Faith





(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.


(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)



During the Eucharistic Prayer the people are invited to acclaim the Mystery of Faith. This simple acclamation proclaims the belief of the resurrection of the Lord. We acknowledge His death and we also proclaim our faith that He will come again.


The people are still kneeling and the Priest says: The mystery of faith.

And the people continue, acclaiming:

We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.

Or:

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,
we proclaim your Death, O Lord,
until you come again.

Or:

Save us, Savior of the world,
for by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.



Intercession is a prayer of petition on behalf of others. During intercessions the members of the Church are remembered in prayer. Some are remembered by name, such as the pope and the bishop of the diocese where the Mass is celebrated, and some in a more general way.

If the Eucharist Prayer I is prayed, the priest will stop and permit everyone to silently include the names of those we wish to pray for. This is done two times. The first time is before the consecration and it is for those who are living. The second time is after the consecration and it is for those who have died. We are to kneel and we should silently make whatever Eucharist Prayer is prayed at Mass our own by silently praying it along with the priest.



Questions:

Who did Jesus die for? (Us)

During this part of Mass do we stand or kneel? (Kneel)

What does resurrection mean? (Rising from the dead.)



Activities:

catholicmom.com- Catechist Resources for Roman Missal, 3rd Edition
Memorial Acclamation and Service- lesson with I am On A Mission Worksheet (page 2), Feet on the Ground for Jesus Magnet Craft (page 3), I Can Help Activity Sheet (page 4)






Other Activities:

Have the students write the acclamation that is used in their church.

For students that need help here are some handwriting sheets that they can trace.


The handwriting sheets below are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


Mystery of Faith acclamation #1

Mystery of Faith acclamation #2

Mystery of Faith acclamation #3



*Or you can make crafts with the acclamation that is used in their church. This will help students remember what they should say.

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Crafts

mssscrafts.com- The following templates can be used for creating your own memory verse activities or mini-crafts.

ehow.com- Ideas for Memory Verse Crafts


*Make a frame with the acclamation printed out on the computer and placed inside.

crafts.kaboose.com- Popsicle Stick Frame

whattoexpect.com- Homemade Picture Frame

suite101.com- Use any kind of paper to cover this frame.

crafts.lovetoknow.com- Quick and Easy Beaded Picture Frame

squidoo.com- Frame Craft

fun-stuff-to-do.com- Make Picture Frames (out of cardboard)



Games:

These games below are from nashvilleras.com- More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

Play these games with the acclamation that is used in your church.

Pop Verse- Print the acclamation on slips of paper. Roll the paper slips and insert in a balloon. Have children blow up balloons and pop them. Let them work together to put the acclamation in
order. Use slips to prompt children to repeat the acclamation until memorized.

Variation: Divide children into teams. Provide balloons for each team (1 color per team).
Place strips of paper containing the words or phrases in the balloons. Put inflated balloons in boxes according to team color. Children must race to their team box, pop the balloon, and tag the next teammate. Children must place the strips in order after all balloons are popped.


Read and Write- Display the acclamation for all to read. Remove the acclamation. Let one child at a time come to the chalk or white board and write one word of the acclamation, in sequence. When the entire acclamation is written, have the children read it together. Then, erase the acclamation and quote it.

Record a Verse- Record the acclamation on a tape recorder. Play the acclamation over several times. Stop the tape and leave off the last of the acclamation, allowing the children to complete it. Continue to stop the tape so that the children can say the whole acclamation without the tape.

Scrambled Verse- Write the acclamation on a small sheet of paper with the words in incorrect order. Learn the acclamation. Give each child a copy of this scrambled acclamation along with scissors, glue, and another full sheet of paper. Have the children cut the words out, put them in the correct order, and glue them to the full sheet.

Share-a-Verse- Have the children sit in a circle. Whisper the first word of the acclamation to one child. He or she will then whisper that word to the next person and so on until the last person who will say the word aloud. Whisper each word to the first person as soon as he or she has passed the word to the next person. Can the last person say the entire verse aloud without
mistake?




Worksheet:

This worksheet is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


The Mystery of Faith (worksheet)- Answer questions about The Mystery of Faith.





Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Consecration





(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.


(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)



There are several Eucharistic Prayers that can be used by the priest at Mass. They all have a common form and they can differ somewhat, but there are key parts you will always recognize. These are the Thanksgiving, the Acclamation, the epiclesis, the institution narrative and consecration, the anamnesis, the offering, the intercessions, and finally the great doxology.

The Thanksgiving (expressed especially in the Preface) is when the priest, in the name of the entire holy people, glorifies God the Father and gives thanks for the whole work of salvation or for some special aspect of it that corresponds to the day, festivity, or season.

The Acclamation is when the whole congregation, joining with the heavenly powers, sings the Sanctus. This acclamation, which is part of the Eucharistic Prayer itself, is sung or said by all the people with the priest.

The Epiclesis is a prayer petitioning God to send the Holy Spirit so that the offerings at the Eucharist may become the Body and Blood of Christ and thus the faithful, by receiving them, may themselves become a living offering to God.

In all of the Eucharistic Prayers, the action of the priest during this epiclesis over the bread and wine is the same. He places his hand, palms down, over the bread and wine as he says the prayer, then makes a Sign of the Cross over them with his right hand.

The institution narrative and consecration is a retelling of what Jesus did on the night before he died. As the priest recites the words of the institution of the Eucharist, he recounts what Jesus said and did at the Last Supper when he offered his Body and Blood under the species of bread and wine, gave them to his Apostles to eat and drink, and left them the command to continue this same mystery.

Every Eucharistic Prayer contains an anamnesis or memorial in which the Church calls to mind the Passion, Resurrection, and glorious return of Christ Jesus.

Offering- By which, in this very memorial, the Church—and in particular the Church here and now gathered—offers in the Holy Spirit the spotless Victim to the Father. The Church's intention, however, is that the faithful not only offer this spotless Victim but also learn to offer themselves, and so day by day to be consummated, through Christ the Mediator, into unity with God and with each other, so that at last God may be all in all.

(The intercessions and doxology will be discussed in the next two chapters.)


*Review with the students the Eucharistic Prayer that you use at your church.



As the priest recites the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper, we kneel and pray silently.

*If the church you attend stands during the Eucharistic Prayer, you should make a solemn bow during the consecration of the bread and the wine. You will notice the priest genuflecting after he lifts up both the bread and the wine. This is your signal to bow solemnly in an act of adoration to our Lord who is now present under these forms.

*If you are kneeling, you should bow your head at this moment.


The consecration is when the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. Transubstantiation is the change of the entire substance of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ at the Consecration of the Mass. Priests change bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ by repeating at the Consecration of the Mass the words of Christ: “This is My Body . . . this is My Blood.”



Bell Ringing - The bells should be rung by an altar server at specific times during the Mass as is the local custom in your parish. Typical times for ringing the bell are:

• Once, when the priest makes the Sign of the Cross over the gifts and calls on the Holy Spirit to come upon the gifts.
• Once at the elevation of the Consecrated Host.
• Once at the elevation of the Consecrated Wine.

Sometimes the bell(s) are rung three times in some parishes in honor of the Trinity; bells rung three distinct times for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But this is up to the parish priest.



Questions:

What does the bread and wine become? (The Body and Blood of Christ.)

What happens during the consecration? (It is the moment when the bread and wine become The Body and Blood of Christ.)

What is the change of the entire substance of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ called? (Transubstantiation)

Who changes bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ? (The priests.)

How is the bread and wine changed into the body and blood of Christ? (Priests change bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ by repeating at the Consecration of the Mass the words of Christ: “This is My Body . . . this is My Blood.”)

What do we call the special meal in which Jesus shared bread and wine with his friends? (The Last Supper.)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: How can we remember the reason we celebrate Communion?

rotation.infopop- Craft for The Last Supper
The children will explore the events and meaning of The Last Supper while creating chalices.

Last Supper (chalice)- make a colorful chalice

dltk-bible.com- Last Supper Key Chain
This simple keychain craft reinforces the memory verse from John 6:35.




Holy Thursday/Last Supper Craft by catholicicing.com- an easy craft based on the famous Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper painting.



These activities below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these activities are not my own and are from various internet sources.





“Do this in memory of me.” (directions and template)


Directions:

1. Students cut out circle and glue in the middle of a paper plate.

2. Have students put a thin layer of glue where there is red on the chalice. Sprinkle with red glitter.

3. Have students put a thin layer of glue where there is gold for the Body of Christ. Sprinkle with gold glitter.

4. Students continue decorating the edges of the paper plate with glitter and various other craft supplies.



Game:





Last Supper File Folder Game- Play individually or in teams and work your way around the game board answering questions about the Last Supper. If you are correct you roll a die and move your marker in your row in any direction you want. If you land on a colored space, you can move on row toward the center with “Last Supper”. Play continues until a team or player reaches “Last Supper”.





Thursday, May 19, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Holy, Holy, Holy





(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.


(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)



At this part of the Mass we praise God with all the angels. We praise God’s power, might, and glory. We call out “Hosanna” which is a Hebrew word that means “pray” or “save us”. Sanctus is the Latin word for “holy”. The name of this prayer is the Latin Tersanctus meaning “three holies,” because “holy” is repeated three times at the very beginning of the prayer.

The Priest, with hands extended, continues the Preface. The People are still standing.

At the end of the Preface he joins his hands and concludes the Preface with the people, singing or saying aloud:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Or:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt caeli et terra glória tua.
Hosánna in excélsis.
Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini.
Hosánna in excélsis.


At the end of the “Holy, Holy, Holy” in most churches you will kneel. There are some churches in which kneelers are not present and the custom may be to stand.



Questions:

How many times do we say the word holy? (Three times.)

Who are we praising? (God)

What does Hosanna mean? (Pray or save us.)

What does Sanctus mean? (Holy)

Are we standing or sitting during Sanctus? (Standing)



Activities:

catholicmom.com- Catechist Resources for Roman Missal, 3rd Edition
Sanctus and Communion Invitation- lesson with Responding in the Second Half (of Mass) Worksheet (page 2), We Respond during the Liturgy of the Eucharist worksheet (page 3)



Games:

The following games are from nashvilleras.com- More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

Check Out- Write Holy, Holy, Holy or Sanctus on a chalk or white board, inserting an incorrect word between each two words of the prayer. Students take turns “checking out” an incorrect word. When all, have been “checked out,” let the students read the prayer together. Erase. Let each student say the prayer.

Dot the Verse- Print the prayer to be learned in a random fashion on a sheet of paper with a dot in front of each word. Make copies for each student. Have the students connect the dots in proper
order. Repeat until each student can say the prayer.

Fading Verse- Write the prayer to be learned on a chalk or white board. Erase one important word at a time while repeating the prayer each time. Continue until all words are erased and the prayer is learned.

Hand Down- Display the prayer. Let the students read the prayer aloud. Remove the prayer. Tell each student to raise his or her right hand. Ask a volunteer to lower his or her hand if he or she knows the first word of the prayer. Let him say the first word. Write it on a chalk or white board. Follow the same steps with each word in succession until the entire prayer is again displayed.

Hang the Verse- Print each word of the prayer to be memorized on a separate 3” x 5” card. Stretch a small rope between two chairs (or you can do it along the chalk tray of the chalk board). Use clothespins to pin each word in a jumbled fashion on the rope. Have students alternate to move one word at a time one space per move to put the prayer in order. Repeat until all students have learned the prayer.




The activities below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


Holy, Holy, Holy Game- Review Sanctus with the class and discuss. Divide the class into teams. Say the first 3 words of Sanctus (English or Latin version that you use at your church). Have Team #1 fill in the next 3 words. If they are correct, they get a point. If they are incorrect, Team #2 gets a try. Continue with saying only 3 words to Sanctus and have a team fill in the next 3 words. The team with the most points wins.

*For younger students you can write Sanctus on the board as you review it with them. Have your students sit in a circle. Say the first 3 words of Sanctus (English or Latin version that you use at your church) and toss a small ball to one student. That student must fill in the next 3 words (they can look on the board). Then they toss the ball to any student. Continue game until the students have learned Sanctus.



Puzzles:

Holy, Holy, Holy- Crossword

Sanctus- Crossword



Worksheet



Holy Worksheet- For younger students have them fill out the worksheet. Go over worksheet with students. Try playing the game above (the younger student version) and allow students to place their worksheets in front of them to use when needed.





Thursday, May 12, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Preparation, Prayer, Dialogue





(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.


(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)



There is a sequential order to the Liturgy of the Eucharist. First, the priest prepares the gifts. Then they are blessed. Next we share Holy Communion.

“Eucharist” is a Greek word that means to “give thanks”. The Eucharistic Prayer, also called the anaphora (a Greek word meaning “offering”), is the very heart of the Mass.

Once the priest has been given the bread and wine, both are taken and placed on the altar. The people are still sitting and the priest, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received
the bread we offer you:
fruit of the earth and work of human hands,
it will become for us the bread of life.

Then he places the paten with the bread on the corporal.

If, however, the Offertory Chant is not sung, the Priest may speak these words aloud; at the end, the people may acclaim: Blessed be God for ever.


The Deacon, or the Priest, pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly:

By the mystery of this water and wine
may we come to share in the divinity of Christ
who humbled himself to share in our humanity.

The Priest then takes the chalice and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received
the wine we offer you:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands
it will become our spiritual drink.

Then he places the chalice on the corporal.

If, however, the Offertory Chant is not sung, the Priest may speak these words aloud; at the end, the people may acclaim: Blessed be God for ever.

After this, the Priest, bowing profoundly, says quietly:

With humble spirit and contrite heart
may we be accepted by you, O Lord,
and may our sacrifice in your sight this day
be pleasing to you, Lord God.

If appropriate, he also incenses the offerings, the cross, and the altar. A Deacon or other minister then incenses the Priest and the people.

Then the Priest, standing at the side of the altar, washes his hands, saying quietly:

Wash me, O Lord, from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

Standing at the middle of the altar, facing the people, extending and then joining his hands, he says:

Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters),
that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.

The people rise and reply:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.

Then the Priest, with hands extended, says the Prayer over the Offerings, at the end of which the people acclaim: Amen.

Then the Priest begins the Eucharistic Prayer. Extending his hands, he says: The Lord be with you.

The people reply: And with your spirit.

The Priest, raising his hands, continues: Lift up your hearts.

The people: We lift them up to the Lord.

The Priest, with hands extended, adds: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

The people: It is right and just.



Questions:

“Eucharist” is a Greek word that means to do what? (“give thanks”)

The Eucharistic Prayer, also called the anaphora which is a Greek word meaning what? (“offering”)

Are the people standing or sitting when they say:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.
(Standing)

How do we respond after the priest says the following:

Extending his hands the priest says, “The Lord be with you.”

People: (“And with your spirit.”)

The Priest, raising his hands, continues: “Lift up your hearts.”

People: (“We lift them up to the Lord.”)

The Priest, with hands extended, adds: “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.”

People: (“It is right and just.”)



Activities:

catholicmom.com- Catechist Resources for Roman Missal, 3rd Edition
Invitation and Preface- lesson with Sequin Heart Craft (page 2), Woven Paper Heart Craft (page 2)



The activities below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


Worksheet:



Preface Dialogue Matchup- Match what the priest says (the blue cards) to what the people say (green cards). Glue the cards next to each other in the proper order onto construction paper.



Puzzle:

Preparation, Prayer, Dialogue- crossword
For younger students you can do this together on the board.



Game:

Tic Tac Toe- This game is for 2 players or you can divide your class into 2 teams. Draw a large tic tac toe grid on the chalk board. Establish which team will be X and which team will be O. Ask Team #1 a question (according to their abilities) about the lesson they just studied. If they are correct, they get to put an “X” or an “O” on the tic tac toe grid. If a team is unable to answer a question, the other team may have an opportunity to answer it and score an "X" or "O". If no one is able to answer the question, play continues as before. The first player or team to get three in a row wins!


Examples of questions:

1. Ask the students how we respond to what the priest says.

2. Does the priest wash his hands during this part of the Mass? (Yes)

3. “Eucharist” is a Greek word that means to do what? (“give thanks”)

4. Once the priest has been given the bread and wine, where are they placed? (Both are taken and placed on the altar.)

5. What is placed below the bread when the priest holds it slightly raised above the altar saying in a low voice:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received
the bread we offer you:
fruit of the earth and work of human hands,
it will become for us the bread of life.

(The paten.)


6. If, however, the Offertory Chant is not sung, the Priest may speak these words aloud; at the end, the people may acclaim what? (“Blessed be God for ever.”)

7. The Priest then takes the chalice and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands, saying in a low voice:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received
the wine we offer you:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands
it will become our spiritual drink.

Where does the priest place the chalice after he says this? (He places the chalice on the corporal.)



8. There is a sequential order to the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Put the following in order:

(You can write this on the board.)

Bless the gifts
Prepare the gifts
Share Holy Communion

(First, the priest prepares the gifts. Then they are blessed. Next we share Holy Communion.)



Mix up the people’s response and have the students tell you what is wrong.

Examples:

1. “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.” We do not say that any more. We now say, “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church."

2. “We lift our hearts up to the Lord.” We should say, “We lift them up to the Lord.”

3. “And also with you.” We do not say that any more. We now say, “And with your spirit.”

4. “It is right to give him thanks and praise.” We do not say that any more. We now say, "It is right and just."

5. “Bless be God.” We should say, “Blessed be God for ever.”





Thursday, May 5, 2011

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Our Gifts





(This lesson is in accordance with the new Roman Missal that is to be implemented on November 27, 2011.)

*Be sure to adjust this lesson to fit the needs of your students.


(Please take in consideration that I am just a Mom and I'm providing these lessons and activities to the best of my abilities. I will try to make them as accurate as possible, but I know I will make a few mistakes and it was not intentional.)



In most churches a basket is passed around and the people can contribute some money to help support the church. The Church uses that money to help pay for the Church expenses and contributions for the community and around the world. It takes money to buy various things like candles, instruments, books, music, etc. The money is also used for missionaries, charities, running the church, church maintenance, food for the poor, etc.

During the collection, we are sitting and a hymn is sung while the altar is being prepared and the gifts are being assembled. A corporal, purificator, Sacramentary, paten, and chalice are all placed on the altar. We continue to sing while our gifts as well as the bread and wine are brought from the congregation to the presider of the Mass in a procession.

Tithing is our contribution to the support of the Church; formerly one tenth of one’s yearly income given to the Church. The word tithe means 10%. A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD. Lev. 27:30, 32. This means that a tenth of everything your land produces (company produces, or what you make) belongs to God.

Many verses in the Bible touch on the subject such as:

(You can have your students look these up in the Bible.)

Gen. 14:20
Gen. 28:20-22
2 Chr. 31:5-6
Neh. 10:35-39; 12:44
Matt. 23:23
Luke 11:42



Questions:

Do we sit or stand during the preparation of the gifts? (Sit)

What things do we (or our parents) give to the church? (Money, time, food for the poor, coats and clothes for people who need them, etc.)

What is the money given to the church used for? (Missionaries, charities, running the church, church maintenance, food for the poor, etc.)

What else is carried to the presider of the Mass along with our gifts of money? (The bread and wine.)



Crafts:

mssscrafts.com- Offering Craft

sundayschoolcrafts.com- Offering Can

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Church Piggy Bank

lds.org- Never Forget One-Tenth for Tithing
Cut out elephant bank to help you remember to put one-tenth of all your earnings inside for tithing.

shereebirrell.blogspot.com- I Can Pay Tithing, Budget, and Save Money craft

christiancrafters.com- Tithing Bank


*Craft for Tithing- Have the students make envelopes and put play money inside for a simple craft to emphasize tithing.

Play Money- Print this out or make your own play money. Cut out money and put into envelopes.



Games:

These games below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these games are not my own and are from various internet sources.



Tithing- A simple game to help reinforce tithing to young children.


Introduction: Tithing is our contribution to the support of the Church; formerly one tenth of one’s yearly income given to the Church. The Church uses that money to help pay for the Church expenses and contributions for the community and around the world.

Directions: Give each player 5 tokens (play money, poker chips, milk caps, etc.) to represent their tithing (money that they have put aside to give to the Church). Put one small basket on the table to put the donations in. Place your marker on any space on the game board. Each player in turn rolls the die and moves their marker along the board. They may go forward or backwards or follow any branch of the board they wish, as long as they only go one direction within a turn. This means that you can go forward or backward, but only forward or only backward in a single turn. When a player lands on a space that has a basket on it, they pick up a Game Card and read it out loud (if they cannot read it, someone else can read it for them). Then they put their donation (1 token) into the basket and their turn is over. The first player to donate all their tithing money wins.








How much do you tithe?- Try to figure out how much you should tithe as you move around the board.


Place your marker on START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space. If you land on a space with the picture of Tithing on it, the player to your left draws a card and reads it out loud. The player is asked "What is 10% of ___?" If the player answers correctly they stay where they are. If they are incorrect, they move back 2 spaces. If you land on the piggy bank that is hungry, you did not put God first and spent all your money. You did not leave any money to do tithing and therefore lose your next turn. If you land on Tightwad, all other players say “TIGHTWAD!” because you refuse to give any money so you must change places with the player that is closest to START. Players roll the die and continue to move around the board. The first player to FINISH wins.









Christianopoly (file folder game)- The object of the game is to learn the responsibility of good financial stewardship; making the right decisions about the money we have and managing it wisely. This includes being able to pay necessary bills at home, putting aside for the things you want, and taking care of your family. Not only do you have bills to pay, mortgages, insurance, etc. you must pay taxes, make donations and do tithing as well.





Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Church Potluck Recipe: Shoe Peg Corn Salad






Need something cool for a hot summer day and easy to make? Here is a great recipe I got from a friend years ago. Every time I bring it to a church potluck the casserole dish always comes back home empty.




Shoe Peg Corn Salad

Vegetables:

1 can French cut green beans (drained)
1 can Le Seur small peas (drained)
1 can Shoe Peg corn (drained)
1 (2 oz.) jar pimento (drained)- (I usually do not put this in.)
1/2 c. green onion (chopped)
3/4 c. green pepper (chopped)


Dressing:

1/2 c, vinegar
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c salad oil
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper


Mix the dressing in a pot and bring to a boil. Cool completely and pour over vegetables that are thoroughly drained. Put in refrigerator and serve the next day cold.





Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sign of the Cross Craft





Here is a cute craft I found to help little ones learn the Sign of the Cross.

loyolapress.com- Sign of the Cross Necklaces