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The most popular holiday in March is St Patrick's Day. But have you wondered where it comes from and what it can teach us today? Check out this great family home evening lesson that includes the history of St Patrick's Day! Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:10 Hymn: Go Forth With Faith or Follow the Prophet Lesson: The Stolen pot of Gold or The History of St Patrick's Day Treat: Rainbow Cupcakes or St Pat's Potato Candy Activity: Play Find the Coin or Go on a St Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt •View entire lesson...

St Patrick’s Day

FHE Scripture

Scripture


1 Samuel 3:10

10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

 

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn


Go Forth With Faith Hymn 263 or Follow the Prophet–Primary Song #110

Go Forth With Faith Hymn 263

1- Go forth with faith to tell the world
Of Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Bear witness he is God’s own Son;
Proclaim his wondrous word.
Go forth with hope and courage strong
To spread the word abroad
That people of all nations
Are children of our God.

2. Go forth with love to tell the world
The joy of families–
That we may be with those we love
Thru all eternity.
Go forth to serve and do your best
With no thought of reward;
Then you shall know the boundless joy
Of serving Christ, the Lord.

3. Go forth with pow’r to tell the world
The gospel is restored,
That all may gain eternal life
Thru Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Go forth to preach his glorious truths
Of peace, of joy, and love,
That all who heed his holy word
May praise the Lord above.

Follow the Prophet #110

1. Adam was a prophet, first one that we know.
In a place called Eden, he helped things to grow.
Adam served the Lord by following his ways.
We are his descendants in the latter days.

Chorus:
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet he knows the way.

2. Enoch was a prophet; he taught what was good.
People in his city did just what they should.
When they were so righteous that there was no sin,
Heav’nly Father took them up to live with him.

3. Noah was a prophet called to preach the word,
Tried to cry repentance, but nobody heard.
They were busy sinning-Noah preached in vain.
They wished they had listened when they saw the rain.

4. Abraham the prophet prayed to have a son,
So the Lord sent Isaac as the chosen one.
Isaac begat Jacob, known as Israel;
Jacob’s sons were twelve tribes, so Bible tells.

5. Moses was a prophet sent to Israel.
He would lead them to the Promised Land to dwell.
They were slow to follow, or so it appears.
They were in the wilderness for forty years.

6. Samuel was a prophet chosen as a boy,
Hannah promised God her son would serve with joy.
In the tabernacle, Samuel heard his name;
He was called by God and answered, “Here I am!”

7. Jonah was a prophet, tried to run away.
But he later learned to listen and obey.
When we really try, the Lord won’t let us fail:
That’s what Jonah learned deep down inside the
whale.

8. Daniel was a prophet. He refused to sin;
So the king threw Daniel in the lion’s den.
Angels calmed the lions, and the king soon saw
Daniel’s pow’r was great, for he obeyed God’s law

9. Now we have a world where people are confused.
If you don’t believe it, go and watch the news.
We can get direction all along our way,
If we heed the prophets-follow what they say.

 

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Read this story (Jane K. Priewe, “The Stolen Pot of Gold”, Friend, Mar. 1979, 8) and make the appropriate sounds as the italicized words are read.

Sean O’Riley—Hooray!
Leopold the Leprechaun or the leprechaun—clap hands
Shamrocks—Ahhh!
Pot of gold—clink, clink, clink
Trip the Trolla, or Trip—Boo! or Hiss!
Peat bog—squish, squish, squish

Sean O’Riley was walking through the forest near the little town of Clonkinny when he saw Leopold the Leprechaun sitting on a log. Big tears trickled down the leprechaun’s cheeks and splashed into a soft bed of shamrocks.

“Top o’ the mornin’ to you!” Sean O’Riley called. “Why are you cryin’ on such a beautiful mornin’ with St. Patrick’s Day comin’ tomorra?”

Leopold the Leprechaun sniffled and wiped his eyes on a bright green handkerchief. “It’ll be a sad St. Pat’s Day this year, lad. Not more than an hour ago someone stole my pot of gold!

Sean O’Riley gasped. “’Tis a terrible thing! Who do ye suppose it was?”

“It’s in my mind that Trip the Troll has sneaked up from the peat bog,Leopold the Leprechaun answered, “for I saw his footprints among these very shamrocks.

“Cryin’ won’t help,” said Sean O’Riley, patting the little leprechaun’sshoulder. “Trip the Troll hasn’t had time to go far with your heavy pot of gold.”

“True, true, but what’s to be done?”

Sean O’Riley thought hard for a few minutes. “I’ve heard tell that trolls are afraid of bright, glitterin’ lights. Is it true?”

“For a fact, they are. But the only bright light today is the sun, and Triphas no fear a’that.” Leopold the Leprechaun sighed. “What’s on your mind?”

“I’ll have to run back to Clonkinny and ask all the children to help,” Sean O’Riley said. “Ay, ’tis a sure thing that Trip the Troll will take your pot of gold to the peat bog, so this is what we’ll do.”

Leopold the Leprechaun giggled and snickered after his friend unfolded a plan. He did an Irish jig over the shamrocks. “That’s a fine idea! I’ll meet ye at the peat bog.

When Sean O’Riley explained the leprechaun’s problem all the children of Clonkinny wanted to help. They hurried to the edge of the peat bog to lie in wait for the wicked troll.

It wasn’t long before they heard him coming. Trip the Troll grunted and groaned as he shuffled along, lugging the heavy pot of gold.

“Now!” Sean O’Riley called.

The children stood up holding mirrors into the sun, and sharp, glittering shafts of bright light flickered on the troll’s face. Frightened, the wicked troll dropped the pot of gold and ran across the peat bog until he disappeared from sight.

“Sure ’tis goin’ to be a fine St. Patrick’s Day tomorra! And there’ll be a surprise for each of ye,” Leopold the Leprechaun promised as the children helped him pick up the coins that had spilled from the pot of gold.

When Sean awoke on St. Patrick’s Day, there on his pillow was a shiny golden coin and a shamrock from Leopold the Leprechaun—just as there was on the pillow of each child in Clonkinny!

*Discuss these questions as a family*
1- Why was the leprechaun sad?
2- Who did Sean O’Riley go and get to help them?
3- What did the children do to make the troll drop the gold?
4- What did Sean and the children find on their pillow the next morning?

*For Teenagers or Adults* Share and discuss the history of St Patrick’s Day. Also discuss how individuals can influence society and the world.

 

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. (Taken from: http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day)

Watch a video on the history of St Patrick’s Day:

St Patrick’s Day came from a boy who was separated from his family.

Name and discuss other boys who have influences on society and on the world (Be sure to include examples such as: Moroni, Joesph Smith, Samuel, Joseph of Egypt, David and Goliath, etc)

*Discuss these questions as a family*
Can we make a difference? How?
What do you think the Lord has in store for you?
How can we come to know if the things the Lord has in store for us?

 

 

FHE Treat

Treat

Rainbow Cupcakes or St Pat’s Potato Candy

Rainbow Cupcakes

Ingredients:

A cooled cupcake
Grass-green frosting
Several flavors of Airheads candies
A pot’s worth of gold coins

Instructions:

1- To make one, first top a cooled cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with grass-green frosting.

2- For the rainbow, use a large, heavy knife (parents only) to cut a long, narrow strip from each of several flavors of Airheads candies (this is sticky stuff, so work on waxed paper). Lay the strips side by side, press them together, then cut the ribbon of strips in half to make two rainbows.

3- Curve each one into an arch and trim the ends as shown. Set one rainbow upright on the cupcake (save the other for another cupcake) and deposit a pot’s worth of gold coins at one end. If necessary, place a gold coin behind the rainbow for support.

St Pat’s Potato Candy

Ingredients:

1 large potato
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
5 cups sweetened coconut flakes

Instructions:

1- Peel the potato and boil it in water until soft. In a mixing bowl, mash the cooked potato with the salt and butter. Then — this is key — let it cool completely, or else it will melt the sugar when you add it.

2- Mix in the vanilla extract and 4 cups of sugar. At this point, the mixture should be stiff. If it isn’t, add more sugar.

3- Sprinkle half of the coconut onto a waxed-paper-covered surface and turn the potato mixture onto it. Roll the batter until all of the coconut has been mixed in, then shape teaspoonfuls into small balls.

4- Roll the balls individually in the remaining coconut. Chill the finished candies until you’re ready to serve them. Makes about 4 dozen..

 

(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)

 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity


1- Play Find the Coin.

2- Go on a St. Patrick’s day Scavenger Hunt.

3- Play Hide and Go Seek. The person who is it is the Leprechaun that everyone wants to find.

 

 

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About Aleah Ingram

Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

4 comments

  1. I have searched dozens of websites for the perfect St. Patrick’s day FHE ideas. Your’s is the one that really caught my eye. The ideas are fun and interesting for all ages, easy to do, and include the history of the day. Thank you!

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  2. Just had this lesson w/my 8 yr old son. It was a fun lesson and he’d learned about St. Patrick at school so he taught me some of that. It was great to be able to liken the influence of St. Patrick w/Jesus Christ, and what he has done for all mankind. Thank you for this great idea.

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      We are very happy to hear you enjoyed the lesson! We hope to give you great FHE lesson ideas every week 🙂

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