The last day before the beginning of Lent is called Shrove Tuesday and our tradition here at Christ Church is to offer a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. The supper consists of hot fresh-made pancakes, sausage, applesauce, juice, coffee and tea.
â€œShroveâ€ comes from â€œto shriveâ€ which means to be made free of sin and guilt, and refers to the pre-Lenten confession and absolution of the faithful as a preparation for Lent that was held on this day in the Middle Ages. It was also known as â€œFat Tuesday,â€ as people tried to use up all fats in the house. Fats were not to be eaten during Lent, which begins the next day, on Ash Wednesday, which this year is March 9.
Mardi Gras is another name for this day of feast and festival before the austerities of Lentâ€”â€œMardi Grasâ€ simply means â€œFat Tuesday.â€
The proceeds from the Pancake Supperâ€”andÂ all the money collected every Sunday morning in Childrenâ€™s Church, as well as from the childrenâ€™s Mite Boxes go support our two ChildFund children, formerly known as the Christian Childrenâ€™s Fund. The money supports a 3 year old Native American girl named Serena Yellow Eagle who lives with her extended family on a reservation in South Dakota, and a 10 year old Filipino boy named Jay-R Gulang who lives with his family of five siblings and his parents on less than $100 a month.
It costs about $700 a year to support both children. If you would like to help assist these children, there will also be a basket set out to collect any donations you may wish to give.Â Â Itâ€™s a fun time of fellowship, and to add to the fun we will also have Mardi Gras beads and crafts for the children available!