Coins for Lent

by Maryjane Pierce Norton

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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 staff of Discipleship Ministries that help you know more about each project.

Heifer International is another organization that addresses needs 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.

March 1 — Ash Wednesday : A coin for every lamp.

March 2: A coin for every light switch.

March 3: A coin for every candle.

March 4: A coin for every light bulb.

March 5: Pray today, thanking God for the gift of light. Pray for those who live in darkness.

March 6: A coin for every box of band-aids®.

March 7: A coin for every bottle of vitamins.

March 8: A coin for every box of tissues.

March 9: A coin for every prescription medication.

March 10: A coin for every thermometer.

March 11: A coin for every doctor or dentist who cares for you.

March 12: Pray today, thanking God for your health. Pray for those who are sick.

March 13: A coin for every ball cap or hat.

March 14: A coin for every pair of shoes.

March 15: A coin for every pair of jeans.

March 16: A coin for every coat.

March 17: A coin for every t-shirt.

March 18: A coin for every scarf.

March 19: Pray today, thanking God for clothing that protects you from the elements. Pray for those who lack clothing to keep them warm and dry.

March 20: A coin for every ball.

March 21: A coin for every electronic game.

March 22: A coin for every radio.

March 23: A coin for every television.

March 24: A coin for every doll.

March 25: A coin for every board game.

March 26: 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 27: A coin for every box of cereal.

March 28: A coin for every can of soup.

March 29: A coin for every type of bread.

March 30: A coin for every jar of jelly.

March 31: A coin for every bottle of salad dressing.

April 1: A coin for every jar of peanut butter.

April 2: Pray today, thanking God for the food you enjoy. Pray for those who have no food this day.

April 3: A coin for every room in your home.

April 4: A coin for every electrical outlet in your home.

April 5: A coin for every chair in your home.

April 6: A coin for every desk in your home.

April 7: A coin for every bathroom.

April 8: A coin for every bed.

April 9: Pray today, thanking God for shelter. Pray for those who have no place to sleep at night.

April 10: A coin for every Bible.

April 11: A coin for every book of hymns or sacred songs in your home.

April 12: A coin for every cross in your home.

April 13: A coin for every prayer you say today.

April 14: A coin for every story of Jesus you can tell.

April 15: A coin for every person in your family.

April 15, 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.

DOWNLOAD the Coins for Lent calendar [PDF]

 


 

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

 

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