Kids Ministry Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

I was looking ahead at my calendar and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)  is just around the corner. Many churches will plan special activities for the children during their regular Wednesday or Sunday programs. The story of Saint Patrick gives a great chance to add a little church history to your ministry in a way that points to the Gospel.

1. Watch The St. Patrick’s Day Video
Check out the Veggie Tales story of St. Patrick video. Assign the following questions to the kids before watching the clip. When it is finished call on volunteers to share what they learned.

  • What bad thing happened to the boy in the story?
  • What did the people in Ireland believe about God?
  • What did the boy do when he was lonely?
  • What’s the deal with the shamrock?

2. Teach a Bible lesson Related to Patrick’s Story
You will need to watch your time carefully if you watch the video clip, but you could teach the children a lesson about loving their enemies or sharing the Good News with others. Remind the kids that it was God’s grace that helped Patrick to respond in love, even people we call “saints” need Jesus to forgive their sins and empower them to love others.

coloring sheet for saint patrick's day We’ve created a free coloring page to use with the children near St. Patrick’s Day. It shows a hand holding up a shamrock with the phrase, “3 in 1.” This would be a good opportunity to talk about the Trinity and how Patrick may have illustrated this Biblical truth.

3. Plan a St. Patrick’s Snack
This could be as simple as sugar cookies with green sprinkles or to make it fun make them shamrock shaped. A glass of milk colored green would be a fun touch. Most supermarkets will also have plenty of St. Patrick’s themed snacks available. Check out the St. Patrick’s Day ideas I’ve been collecting on Pinterest.

Saint Patrick's day on Pinterest

Click above to see more St. Patrick’s Day ideas.

4. Play an “Irish Dance” Game
This is a variation of musical chairs. Have the children in circles of 5-15 kids. As you play the music then need to do their best Irish dance and move around in a circle. (Watch this video if you need inspiration. )When you stop the music they have to quickly sit down on the floor. After a few practice rounds, you can eliminate  one child per round. A non-competitive alternative: just have the kids “freeze” in place and commend them on their funny poses. Connect this back to the Gospel by reminding the children that having the good news about Jesus is the kind of happy message that should make everyone dance.

5. Plan a St. Patrick’s Day Craft
I found a few great art and craft ideas from Cullen’s Abc’s. Here is her video demonstration of the painted Shamrock craft. You might also like her idea for making St. Patrick’s Day play dough.


Comments

  1. Traci says

    Thanks so much for the great ideas! My children’s church leaders had an emergency and didn’t show up on Sunday so I was in a real pickle. :) I stumbled on your site through Google, and it saved the day. I’ll definitely be back for more ideas. Keep up the great work to further His glory.

  2. Donna says

    Hi Tony, I used the St. Patrick ideas last Sunday and they were a huge success! The kids loved the video, and then I used Matthew 5:38-48 as my Bible lesson pointing out the similarities of God’s grace for Patrick as he forgave and loved and then served his enemies. Even brought a similarity to Joseph who was sold into slavery and God brought good out of it as He did for Patrick.Thanks so much for your ideas. I also used the shamrock craft I found in the links with the papers of the Father ,Son and Holy Spirit, only to find out our Pastor referenced the same thing in adult church. I love it when God pulls it altogether!Thanks again, and God Bless your ministry!

    • says

      Thanks for your feedback. I just bought several gallons of a green colored version of Hi-C punch and hundreds of green peeps. It’s going to be a bit messy at our kids program tonight.

  3. tracy livvix says

    Thank you for your ideas on St. Patrick’s Day. You have made my job alot easier! I hadn’t even planned on doing anything for the children on that night, but your website has inspired me. Thank you for all your efforts

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