Happy May! What better way to honor Our Mother during her month than with women's fellowship through crafts, coffee, and prayer? This is an activity that I brought to my Parish this past weekend, and it was a hit! In this post, I will be outlining the specific details of the event as well as what materials were used to make our very own miniature Mary gardens. Enjoy!
As the host of the event, here are some additional supplies that I brought:
• plastic table cloths for each table (it can get messy!)
• a Sharpie for the name tags
• gold string to tie to the bottoms of a few chairs (I'll explain this more below)
(below) Here's a photo of the tables set up before the guests arrived. The styrofoam bowls and plastic spoons were a great idea and helped the activity to go even more smoothly and quickly (it's only a 20 minute activity to begin with).
Before guests arrived, I tied a small gold ribbon to the bottoms of a few chairs, and at the end of the event had the women look down at their chair legs to see if they had a gold ribbon. If they did, they got to take the floral centerpiece home.
How to do this activity:
Pour Gravel around your statue. Fill the base of your container with a layer of gravel or rocks. You'll need to use the plastic spoons to help.
Add some moss. Add your moss or grass on top of the rocks or gravel, nestling the statue into a soft bed of greenery.
Pluck some faux flowers. Scatter artificial flowers or other greenery among the moss in celebration of Mary’s splendor and beauty.
Voila! You’re done! Place your miniature Mary garden in a place you’re sure to see every day and enjoy our Mother’s presence no matter what season flashes by the window outside.
We've all probably heard the Matthew Kelly motto about Catholics striving to be the "best version of themselves." I recently heard him say that we also have an obligation to make our PARISHES the best version of themselves. That totally stopped me in my tracks. We can complain about our parishes not having xyz, but are we communicating with our priests and volunteering our time, talent, and treasure to make a shift? I was thrilled that my Pastor agreed to this fun, Marian event. It was such a great way to celebrate Our Mother while building up our Parish and Church with meaningful relationships. Feel free to email me with any questions!
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