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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Raising Pro-life Children

As a family, we participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.  The children made signs that they carried while we prayed outside of the hospital for an hour.  I had brought the older girls last year, but this year the whole Kraft clan went.  It was a great family activity to give of our time to pray for the children at risk of abortion, the mothers contemplating abortion, and the doctors who perform this horrible procedure.

I strongly believe that the key to being a pro-life adult is having a solid background as a child.  We started a children's group just for this purpose at our church this past fall.  We begin with 20-30 minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and then gather for pro-life crafts and activities.  It is open to children of all ages and their parents.

At our first meeting, the children all made t-shirts that they could wear to our meetings.  I forgot to take pictures, but here is the shirt that I made.  I took ideas from Catholic Icing and we used fabric paint and markers.  The kids had a great time and their shirts all turned out remarkably well.

At our second meeting, we discussed the Corporal Works of Mercy.  I read from Mathew 25 so that the children would understand it is Jesus telling us that how we live our lives matter.  It makes a difference how we treat others and how we respond to their needs.  Here are some boys doing a matching activity with the Corporal Works of Mercy.

 To live out one of the works, I chose to make Christmas cards to send to soldiers who are stationed overseas.  I had a stack of old Christmas cards that the children cut up and remade into new cards with a Christmas blessing and personal message to a soldier.  Each child made a few cards and we had a good collection to send off by the end of our time together.

Here they are all displaying their craftiness.  They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and put a lot of effort into making something special that would bring some holiday cheer to a soldier away from his/her family at Christmas time.

I am genuinely excited about this group and the possible projects we can do.  I would appreciate your prayers for the growth of our group and that the children will be able to touch hearts in ways that adults are not able to.

God Bless!

Heather :-)