– week 1 –
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
In this passage, St. Peter reminds his readers that Noah and his family “were saved through water,” just as we proclaim salvation through baptism. As we begin this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for the sake of communities in need, it is important to remember that water does much more than quench thirst. It is also a symbol of spiritual cleansing and a blessed reminder of the new life that is available to us in Christ.
Make a prayer card and place it by the sink or hang it on the fridge near the water filter. Every time you use water for anything, say a prayer thanking God for salvation and asking him to provide for families without water.
And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news.”
Since much of the campaign will involve fundraising, have the children make a paper water cup using the origami pattern and instructions shown here. They will use their cups to store any money they collect at home during the week.
1. Take a large, square piece of paper and turn it so that it looks like a diamond.
2. Fold the diamond in half to form a triangle.
3. With the long edge down, fold the left corner diagonally across the center so that the tip meets the right edge.
4. Repeat step 3 for the right corner, folding it diagonally across the center so that the tip meets the left edge of the triangle. It should overlap the side you folded in step 3.
5. Fold the front-top corner down toward you.
Alternatively, you can use any wide-mouthed cup or water bottle to stay focused on the project’s central purpose:
to provide water for those who have none!
(CIA World Factbook, 2017)
Father, thank you for cleansing us from our sins and for giving us new life through the sacrifice of your beloved Son. Please help us share these precious gifts of mercy and restoration with those in need of clean water. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.