Coins for Lent

by Maryjane Pierce Norton

piggy bank During Lent, many of us are reminded once again to examine our lifestyles and ask, "What can we do for others?" Lent is a good time to commit to giving money to a project that helps those in need. One way to involve the whole family is to collect coins during the season of Lent, then donate what has been collected after Easter. Follow our "Coins for Lent Giving Calendar" as a guide.

If you decide to do this as a family or as a congregation, first determine where you would like your money to go. Maybe you have a community food bank that could use funds to purchase food for the hungry. Maybe you would like to contribute to a larger project beyond your local community. Projects that particularly target those in need include the Children's Fund for Christian Mission. This money benefits projects selected by the General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church. There are activities on the website developed by the Discipleship Ministries that help you know more about each project.

Heifer International is another organization that addresses need around the world. You can find out more about Heifer International at www.heifer.org. Or you may know of another project to which you would like to give your money. Select one for your gifts.

Once you have selected a project, decide what coins you want to collect. You may want to contribute a quarter for every item on the giving calendar. You may want to simply collect loose change and give whatever coins you have for each item.

Now make a container to collect the money. Use a plastic tub, or a jar, or a coin bank that you aren't currently using in your home. Decorate this and place it where all can see.

Items on the daily guide will remind us of all we have and how little others may have. Each Sunday, take time to pray as a family for the project for which you are collecting money and the people who will benefit from your gifts. Our giving begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes with Holy Saturday. In Lent and always, Sundays are for worship and praise to God.

Ash Wednesday – February 10: A coin for every lamp.

February 11: A coin for every light switch.

February 22: A coin for every candle

February 13: A coin for every light bulb

February 14: Pray today, thanking God for the gift of light. Pray for those who live in darkness.

February 15: A coin for every box of band-aids®.

February 16: A coin for every bottle of vitamins.

February 17: A coin for every box of tissues.

February 18: A coin for every prescription medication.

February 19: A coin for every thermometer.

February 20: A coin for every doctor or dentist who cares for you

February 21: Pray today, thanking God for your health. Pray for those who are sick.

February 22: A coin for every ball cap or hat.

February 23: A coin for every pair of shoes.

February 24: A coin for every pair of jeans.

February 25: A coin for every coat.

February 26: A coin for every t-shirt.

February 27: A coin for every scarf.

February 28: Pray today, thanking God for clothing that protects you from the elements. Pray for those who lack clothing to keep them warm and dry.

February 29: A coin for every ball.

March 1: A coin for every electronic game.

March 2: A coin for every radio.

March 3: A coin for every television.

March 4: A coin for every doll.

March 5: A coin for every board game.

March 6: Pray today, thanking God for how you can enjoy entertainment in your home. Pray for those who would be grateful for just one of these items.

March 7: A coin for every box of cereal.

March 8: A coin for every can of soup.

March 9: A coin for every type of bread.

March 10: A coin for every jar of jelly.

March 11: A coin for every bottle of salad dressing.

March 12: A coin for every jar of peanut butter.

March 13: Pray today, thanking God for the food you enjoy. Pray for those who have no food this day.

March 14: A coin for every room in your home.

March 15: A coin for every electrical outlet in your home.

March 16: A coin for every chair in your home.

March 17: A coin for every desk in your home.

March 18: A coin for every bathroom.

March 19: A coin for every bed.

March 20: Pray today, thanking God for shelter. Pray for those who have no place to sleep at night.

March 21: A coin for every Bible.

March 22: A coin for every book of hymns or sacred songs in your home.

March 23: A coin for every cross in your home.

March 24: A coin for every prayer you say today.

March 25: A coin for every story of Jesus you can tell.

March 26: A coin for every person in your family.

March 27, Easter Sunday: Pray, thanking God for Jesus and for the many ways we can gather and worship God.  Pray for those who do not have the freedom to freely worship God.

 

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MaryJane Pierce Norton is the Interim General Secretary for Discipleship Ministries.

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