Coins for Lent

by Maryjane Pierce Norton

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" (pdf or online) 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 Children's Fund for Christian Mission. Information about the Children’s Fund may be found at www.gbod.org/childrensfund. 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 General Board of Discipleship that help you know more about each project.

Heifer International is another agency 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 – March 5: A coin for every lamp.

March 6: A coin for every light switch.

March 7: A coin for every candle.

March 8: A coin for every light bulb.

March 9: Pray today, thanking God for the gift of light. Pray for those who live in darkness.

March 10: A coin for every box of band-aids.

March 11: A coin for every bottle of vitamins.

March 12: A coin for every box of tissues.

March 13: A coin for every prescription medication.

March 14: A coin for every thermometer.

March 15: A coin for every doctor or dentist who cares for you.

March 16: Pray today, thanking God for your health. Pray for those who are sick.

March 17: A coin for every ball cap or hat.

March 18: A coin for every pair of shoes.

March 19: A coin for every pair of jeans.

March 20: A coin for every coat.

March 21: A coin for every t-shirt.

March 22: A coin for every scarf.

March 23: Pray today, thanking God for clothing protecting you.

the elements. Pray for those who lack clothing to keep them warm and dry.

March 24: A coin for every ball.

March 25: A coin for every electronic game.

March 26: A coin for every radio.

March 27: A coin for every television.

March 28: A coin for every doll.

March 29: A coin for every board game.

March 30: 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 31: A coin for every box of cereal.

April 1: A coin for every can of soup.

April 2: A coin for every type of bread.

April 3: A coin for every jar of jelly.

April 4: A coin for every bottle of salad dressing.

April 5: A coin for every jar of peanut butter.

April 6: Pray today, thanking God for the food you enjoy. Pray for those who have no food this day.

April 7: A coin for every room in your home.

April 8: A coin for every electrical outlet in your home.

April 9: A coin for every chair in your home.

April 10: A coin for every desk in your home.

April 11: A coin for every bathroom.

April 12: A coin for every bed.

April 13: Pray today, thanking God for shelter. Pray for those who have no place to sleep at night.

April 14: A coin for every Bible.

April 15: A coin for every book of hymns or sacred songs in your home.

April 16: A coin for every cross in your home.

April 17: A coin for every prayer you say today.

April 18: A coin for every story of Jesus you can tell.

April 19: A coin for every person in your family.

Easter Sunday: April 20: 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.

 

View "Coins For Lent Giving Calendar" Online

or

Download pdf of the calendar.

 

Events Calendar

April 22, 2014
Pastors: Making a Good Move

Designed for pastors who are moving to a new appointment, this event will include ways to say good-bye in the current congregation and say hello to a new place and new people. Tips and advice from several sources for this change that impacts your well-being, your family and friends.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm, Central Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Presenter: Betsey Heavner