Saint David’s Day

Saint David’s Day

Well…this was set to post last week, before Saint David’s day rather than after so pffffffffft. But I’ll put it up anyway for next year’s benefit 🙂

It’s Saint David’s Day on Friday! Yaaaaaaaaay!!! For those of you outside of Wales this will mean very little, for those inside Wales enjoy it! Certainly the kids will as schools across Wales cancel lessons in favour of a day of Welshness, though imagine my horror to learn that girls are no longer forced to wear the traditional Welsh dress. In my day (and at twenty four I am far too young to be saying that) wearing that terribly scratchy petticoat and all those heavy woolen layers was part and parcel of the day!
And so in honour of Dewi Sant our lesson on Sunday shall be filled with a number of crafts and worksheets to celebrate his life. This is going to be a largely unstructured lesson with the children able to pick and choose what they want to do, however we have made it so that you can engage in most of these activities at the same time without needing an adult per activity.
If you are outside of the United Kingdom and we know that most of our followers are, why not take this opportunity to teach the children something about Wales as we share some of our heritage with you.

The Life of Saint David

Saint David was the son of a woman called Non and Prince Sant, the son of King Ceredig. Non gave birth on a cliff, during a violent storm. The experience was so traumatic that her fingers left marks on the stones around her.
Non brought up David on her own, some legends say that they went to Brittany together, others have David educated in Wales under a blind tutor called Paulinus who later became a saint as did David’s mother. One of David’s earliest miracles was healing Paulinus’ blindness. Realising that David was blessed Paulinus sent him around Wales as a missionary to convert the Pagans.

During this time David founded around twelve monasteries. Life in David’s monasteries were hard as he believed in a simple way of life. Monks were only allowed to speak in prayer or in an emergency and their diet was kept very simplistic; only bread and vegetables to eat and milk or water to drink. Despite this David was well liked and popular.

David became an abbot, then a bishop and then archbishop of Wales. He founded a monastery at St. David’s and performed many miracles in his life. While preaching at Llandewi Brefi the crowds complained that they could not see or hear him, and so the ground itself rose up so David could be seen by everyone. After living for a hundred years David died on March 1st, when he was buried the churchyard was filled with angels.

Discussion

Discussion question for older children:
“Be cheerful and keep your faith and belief, and do the little things that you have heard and seen through me.”
These were David’s last words, or at least the message of his last sermon. What do you think he meant?

Read 1 Thessalonians 2: 2-12. Think about how this might relate to David’s last words.
One interpretation is that David was trying to encourage his followers that grand displays of faith were not the only way to pass on the gospel. Bear in mind David was famous for his miraculous works which not everyone could have performed. Encouraging his followers David says that it is the little things that are important. The smaller acts that we perform for our faith, such as acts of kindness or forgiveness or charity are just as important as any great gestures.

Activities

We have a fact-sheet about Saint David available here.

There is also a worksheet here where the children can design their own flag.

Here is a sheet showing the legend of the Welsh dragon.

Crafts

Daffodil badges
(10-15 mins)
You will need:
Yellow paper or card
Cardboard egg box
Orange paint
Glue/Sellotape
Scissors
Pencils
Safety pins

– In preparation for this craft cut out the sections of the egg box and paint them orange, leaving them to dry ready to be used in the lesson.
-On the yellow card/paper draw the outline of large flower petals.
– Using the glue or sellotape stick the orange egg cup to the middle of the flower.
– On the back of the flower tape the safety pin into place.
Alternatively: Instead of using safety pins, you could attach a green straw, making a stem. The children could make a few and hand them out to people in the congregation.

Daffodil picture
(15-20 mins)
You will need:
Green, yellow and orange tissue paper
Glue
Thin card or paper
Pencils

– On a piece of paper or thin card draw out a large flower shape, alternatively print out a black and white picture of a daffodil.
– For an easy 3 dimensional picture simply scrunch up the coloured tissue paper and glue it onto the petals.

Leeks
(5-10 mins)
You will need:
Toilet roll tubes
Green and white tissue paper
Glue
Scissors

-This is an exceptionally simple craft that leaves you with a fine looking DIY leek at the end of it.
– Cover toilet roll tube in glue.
– Wrap white tissue paper around one half of the tube (now the bottom half).
– Wrap green tissue paper around the top half of the tube leaving some excess to hang over the tube. Using the scissors cut downwards, shredding the paper to give the leek it’s leaves.

Hapus Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant y bobl!

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