Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Party

Maewyn Succat was 16 years old when he was kidnapped by slave traders from his home in Britain (Scotland or Wales). He was sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. For the next six years, he worked as a shepherd. Lonely, he sought Jesus for comfort, and grew into a close relationship with his Savior. A voice came to him and said a ship was waiting. He escaped and walked all the way to the coast. He boarded a ship back to Britain. He studied in France and became a priest, becoming known as Patrick. He desired to return to Ireland and share the love of Jesus with the Irish people. Years later, he did just like that. Legend says he used the common shamrock to share about the trinity God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Another legend says he drove out snakes from the whole island. It is said he died on March 17.
Legends of Irish fairies called leprechauns, and stories of pots of gold at the end of the rainbow make this a super fun holiday, as well as an opportunity to share more about God.Twenty girls came!

 Cookie pops, chips, cupcakes, and Dew
 Shamrock potato  and green pepper stamps
 rainbow cupcakes with cream cheese icing
Word Search game
 Lookin' for gold coins
 Celtic cross craft
 Balloon stomp
 Stamping their scrapbooks
 Working on their scrapbooks
This year, the girls are keeping a scrapbook of lessons learned.

Vanilla wafers or something similar (I used Good Day butter cookies)
Peanut butter
white chocolate or Milky Bars
craft sticks

Spread peanut butter on the flat side of the cookies. Press a craft stick on one side and put two cookies together.
In the microwave, melt white chocolate or Milky bars minute at a time until smooth.
Dip the cookie pop into the white chocolate. I made a stand from an old ice cube tray. I heated a knife and made slits in the bottom.
After they have hardened, decorate with colored icing, and bits of candies. I made green shamrocks from cream cheese frosting.

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