Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Vocations: Part Three- My Hands Can Serve Activity

When teaching kids about Vocations, I think that prayer is a critical part.  We can't just talk about what Vocations are without teaching that each individual child has a specific Vocation planned by God and that they should be praying to have the wisdom to know their Vocation and the courage to live it out.

This prayer activity was part of our Fulton Sheen Notebook, but it could be used as an individual project.

First, fold a piece of construction paper in half bathtub style. (short ends together).
place the pinky side of your hand up against the fold and trace.
Cut out along the lines, but do not sever the folded side.  You will end up with two hands that open up, symbolic of us opening up our hands in prayer and us opening up our hands in service, which is what a Vocation is about.

Color and cut out the My Hands Can Serve printable- link below.
On one palm, glue one of the scripture verses.  All can be included if you staple them together like a flip book.
On the other palm, glue the vocation prayer.
On the outside, glue the My Hands Can Serve title.
Ta-Da!  All done, and your kiddos have a quick little reminder to pray to tuck away in a book or on the family fridge.

Click here for the printable:


  1. Hi Katie,
    I can't seem to get the printable to print. Would you be able to email it to me?
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. So sorry, Rachael! I think that I have fixed the problem, so please try again. If you still need me to email it to you, send me an email to katherine (dot) bogner (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks for letting me know this wasn't working!

  2. Please, no apologies!! The link worked beautifully! Thank you again for sharing your gifts with us.

  3. HI Katie Anne,
    I thought I would share this prayer with you by Cardinal John Henry Newman:
    The Mission of My Life
    God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

    It seemed fitting for this topic.

    1. This is beautiful, Maura, and so relevant to the topic. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Hi Katie. I love this activity. I teach 4th grade in our family formation program & the topic this month is Vocations. It is a hybrid program - 1 classroom session/month plus 3 home lessons. Less than enthused at the quality of the "teacher packet" materials & we have no textbook or workbook to use. I started "interactive notebooks" for the students.

    1. Glad this helps! I think that no matter how stellar the book/packet, teachers always have to borrow and add materials that best fit the needs of their students. :)