Good Morning! Here is a fun little story about Women’s Ministries! I love Mona’s idea and hope it give you some ideas too.
Last year we did Pancake Prayer Breakfast where the men cooked for us. We had about 40 women there and since it was the 1st event that we had ever really done as a women’s ministry thing, we felt it was very successful. The down side was, I spent too much money. lol
After Mary and I attended the training conference at Glacier View, Mary wanted to have a “Tea.” I knew a lady from England who had a little restaurant for “Tea’s” here in Black Hawk, CO (until she lost her visa) and so I had that experience but that was it. I’m not sure where I got the idea for an “Irish Tea” but I decided that was what we would do, without any knowledge what so ever. I got on the Internet and started my research and found so many cute little things and recipes that the idea came to me about making a little book with the recipes and information about “Teas” in it to give away at the Tea for a gift. So, that was how that came about. Then I decided we had to make the food items out of the book so people could taste different things. So I thumbed through it and picked out some recipes (should have looked at them more closely though) to hand out for people to make. 2 weeks before the Tea we had a meeting and I handed out the recipes. I found out only 2 people in our group could make yeast bread – myself and a lady from Germany- ot oh.
My Dad, who is a story in himself, donated all the beautiful glassware we used for the tables to decorate. We had women bring cloth tablecloths and Mary set the tables up each one separately since none of the table cloths would match. Friday before the Tea we went and bought fresh flowers and Mary wanted another small gift for each lady. We looked and looked and couldn’t find anything that was affordable and would work, finally we settled on a Christmas ornament in the shape of a present.
Several days before the Tea the devil attacked several of our women with illness, one had Bronchitis, another had pneumonia, another had Shingles. Another had a family emergency which took 2 of our women out. One of our women’s ministry leaders had a trip planned that was canceled twice before the Tea so she ended up having to travel away over the Tea and couldn’t be there. Several ladies who were going to make dishes couldn’t, so we had to scramble and find someone to make them or I had to make them. …. Sabbath, Mary and I had to go in a back room and pray since I was feeling oppressed by the enemy, yet, in my heart I knew the Tea would be wonderful.
Mary stained some wood boxes and lined them with felt and we put tea inside and gave them away as door prizes and we gave 1 2010 Devotional away. I would have liked to have given more of them but at $20 we couldn’t afford more than 1.
DeeAnn had a message about an Irish Washer Woman that fit in perfectly with the Irish Tea theme. We had 55 women there and I haven’t really counted the list yet, but I’m guessing probably 25 were not from our church. One lady came up to me afterwards and said, “Do I have to be a member of your church to be a part of your women’s ministries?” Of course I told her she didn’t.