On March 17, we celebrate St. Patrick’s day. This holiday is traditionally celebrated with leprechauns, shamrocks, and pinching those who don’t wear green. But did you know that the real St. Patrick played a big role in God’s global story?
Teaching Time: 25 minutes
Materials: 3-4 sheets of paper, stapler, pen/pencil, markers/crayons
Check out a book on St. Patrick from your local library or search the internet to learn about St. Patrick’s life and how he brought the gospel to Ireland. Record your findings and illustrate the pages. Fold the pieces of paper in half to create a booklet. Staple at the fold to hold the pages together.
Suggested books: The Story of Saint Patrick by James A. Janda, Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola, Patrick: Saint of Ireland by Diana Mayo and Joyce Denham, The Story of St. Patrick: More than Shamrocks and Leprechauns by Voice of the Martyrs
1. Read Romans 10:13-15. St. Patrick was a goer, or someone who is trying to reach people of a different culture with the truth of Jesus. Why is it essential for God’s people to go?
2. Read Genesis 50:20. St. Patrick and Joseph had similar stories of God using something bad for His good. How does this change your understanding of hardships and God’s global work?
Pray that God would show your family ways that you can participate in His story.