Walk for Water Resources

LYON Assembly, Service Projects, Walk for Water

At the Nebraska Synod LYON Assembly this year, over 100 people are going to participate in an ELCA World Hunger Walk for Water learning experience.  Here are the resources to make this same event happen at home:

ELCA World Hunger Walk for Water Supply List

  1.  A track to walk around or 1.6 miles of empty road
  2. Signs, printed in color and mounted on foam core board
    W4W signs oval track
  3. Metal posts, to attach the signs to (could use folding chairs if doing this inside)
  4. Wire to attach the signs to the posts
  5. Enough servant companion packets of each color (6-7 people per group, 1 packet per group)
    W4W SC Black Group LYON 2015
    W4W SC Green Group LYON 2015
    W4W SC Orange Group LYON 2015
    W4W SC Red Group LYON 2015
  6. 2 mosquito nets (I used long lengths of tulle fabric)
  7. 3 – quart size canning jars
  8. Yellow food coloring
  9. 3 lidded 5 gallon buckets with holes cut in the lids
  10. Enough bottles of water for 3 per group at the Diarrhea station
  11. Hand Sanitizer
  12. Enough bottles of water for 1 per participant (or more if you wish)
    -or- have them bring water bottles and provide coolers of water
  13. 55 gallon drum to hold water
  14. Enough empty 5 gallon buckets for one per group

You can learn more about the ELCA World Hunger Effort here:
http://elca.org/walk4water

W4W well and paths

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Walk for Water Encouragers (Water Bottle Noisemakers)

Service Projects

Water Bottle Noisemaker

When our parish did their own version of ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water, I wanted to make sure that our walkers had the big welcome home that they deserved.  Noisemakers of some sort seemed a must.  Noisemakers that went with our theme of water seemed perfect!  They worked wonderfully, so I thought I would share them here.  They would be perfect for all sorts of occasions where encouragement is needed or wanted (just after a baptism, anyone?).  Here they are:

Supplies:

  • 12 disposable water bottles, labels removed empty and dry (it takes a few days for them to dry, so prepare these in advance)
  • blue and clear metallic gift shreds (1 small bag of each)
  • thin ribbon in white, light blue, and dark blue (50 cent rolls work great)
  • 12 silver jingle bells in extra large size
  • 24 silver jingle bells in large size

Directions:

Fill the water bottles with gift shreds (be generous so they stay full when someone shakes it).  Replace the cap.

Cut 18″ lengths off of each color spool of ribbon.  Tie them together around the neck of the bottle.

Tie a large jingle bell up at the neck of the bottle using one color of ribbon. Tie two small jingle bells to the ends of two different ribbon ends.

Voila!  Your very own Walk for Water Encouragers!

Water Bottle Noisemakers

No-Sew Fleece Hats

Service Projects

Our youth group was fortunate enough to have been able to attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit this past summer.  One of the activities that we really enjoyed during the Proclaim Story Day was making no-sew fleece hats for homeless kids in Detroit.  This post will teach you how to make them for those in need in your context.

Mark 14 inches from the edge of an 9 foot table with blue painters tape.

Mark 14 inches from the edge of an 9 foot table with blue painters tape.

Make sure that the selvage edge of your 60 in fleece fabric is even.  Adjust the fold, if needed.

Make sure that the selvage edge of your 60 in fleece fabric is even. Adjust the fold, if needed.

Line the cut edge of the fabric up with the edge of the table, and cut a 14 in strip along the painters tape.

Line the cut edge of the fabric up with the edge of the table, and cut a 14 in strip along the painters tape.

Here is the 14 inch piece that has been cut.

Here is the 14 inch piece that has been cut.

Cut the piece in half along the fold.

Cut the piece in half along the fold.

Now you have two 14 in by 30 in pieces.  These will make two hats.

Now you have two 14 in by 30 in pieces. These will make two hats.

Trim off the excess selvage.

Trim off the excess selvage.

Fold the short edges together.

Fold the short edges together.

The piece should be 15 in long when folded in half.

The piece should be 15 in long when folded in half.

The piece should be 14 in wide.

The piece should be 14 in wide.

Line up the template along the 14 in edge opposite the fold.

Line up the template along the 14 in edge opposite the fold.

Position both layers of fabric and the template slightly off the edge of the table.

Position both layers of fabric and the template slightly off the edge of the table.

Use the template to cut the fringe.

Use the template to cut the fringe.

Tie the fringe with a double knot.

Tie the fringe with a double knot.

The back is half-way tied.

The back is half-way tied.

The back of the hat is completely tied.

The back of the hat is completely tied.

Choose which way will be the top of your hat.  position the template to cut fringe across the top and cut.

Choose which way will be the top of your hat. position the template to cut fringe across the top and cut.

There will be one fringe at the edge that will need to be cut in half.

There will be one fringe at the edge that will need to be cut in half.

The top fringe has been cut.

The top fringe has been cut.

Hold all of the fringe together in one hand.

Hold all of the fringe together in one hand.

Use a scrap of fabric to tie the fringe together.

Use a scrap of fabric to tie the fringe together.

Use a double knot.

Use a double knot.

Trim the excess.

Trim the excess.

Fold up the brim and you have a finished hat!

Fold up the brim and you have a finished hat!

We will be making these hats for God’s Work Our Hands Sunday and giving them to Lutheran Family Services here in Nebraska.  Enjoy!

No-Sew Fleece Hat Instructions

You will need:
2 yd. sections of 60” fleece fabric (this will make 10 hats)
sharp scissors
strips of fleece to tie top
wooden templates for fringe making

Instructions:

  1. Mark 14 inches from the edge of a 9 foot table with blue painters tape.
  2. Make sure that the selvage edge of your 60 in fleece fabric is even. Adjust the fold, if needed.
  3. Line the cut edge of the fabric up with the edge of the table, and cut a 14 in strip along the painters tape.
  4. Your new piece will be 14 inches by 60 inches.
  5. Cut the piece in half along the fold; now you have two 14 in by 30 in pieces. These will make two hats.
  6. Trim off the excess selvage.
  7. Fold the short edges together; the piece should be 15 in long when folded in half and 14 in wide.
  8. Line up the template along the 14 in edge opposite the fold.
  9. Position both layers of fabric and the template slightly off the edge of the table.
  10. Use the template to cut the fringe.
  11. Tie the fringe together with a double knot to make a tube. This fringe will be the back of the hat.
  12. Choose which way will be the top of your hat. Position the template to cut fringe across the top and cut.
  13. There will be one fringe at the edge that will need to be cut in half.
  14. Hold all of the top fringe together in one hand.
  15. Use a scrap of fabric to tie the fringe together. Use a double knot. Trim the excess.
  16. Fold up the brim and you have a finished hat!

–Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish donates their hats to Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska for foster children.
–We learned how to make these hats at the ELCA National Youth Gathering of 2015 in Detroit, MI.