By Cyndee Ownbey
Do you have to adjust your Christmas fellowship plans this year?
Has your church decided to limit large group activities?
Maybe the pandemic has impacted the church budget, and your big Christmas tea or brunch had to be canceled this year.
Or perhaps your team senses it’s time to mix things up and do something different.
Whatever situation your women’s ministry is facing, here are four, fresh Christmas fellowship ideas for your team to consider:
- Candy making classes—Have women spend a Saturday morning or weekday evening learning how to make classic or secret candy recipes from other women in your church or from outside instructors. You could offer women a choice of classes to attend or enlist multiple women to teach one longer session. Your women will enjoy the opportunity to learn how to make fudge, peanut brittle, truffles, caramels, or marshmallows. Providing tutorials, small samples, and recipe cards could keep costs minimal, or you could charge for the ingredients and let everyone make their own candies to take home.
- Adopt-a-classroom holiday party—Stand in the gap by partnering with teachers in a school. Your ladies could provide the party food, supplies, games, and volunteers for a holiday classroom event. You may want to use an online tool to coordinate donations. While everyone will not be able to be in a classroom to help with a party, your group can still organize crafts, wrap books (or other gifts) for students, and have prayer. Consider blessing the teacher with a gift-card tree too!
- Christmas coffee fellowships—If you’re only able to gather in smaller groups this year, consider recruiting several women to host a Christmas coffee fellowship in their homes. Each fellowship can occur at the same date and time or spread throughout a week. Your leadership team will want to set clear expectations—will the host supply the coffee and desserts, or do you want women to bring a dessert to share? Some of your women will jump at the opportunity to show off their Christmas decorations!
- Shelter shower—Connect with a women’s shelter or orphanage and find out what needs are still unmet despite the collection efforts of other groups. They may need things like new socks, bras, underwear, and toiletry items. You could invite the shelter’s program director to share details about their ministry with your women. Afterward, your women could wrap the donations in Christmas wrapping paper.
While the pandemic may impact your Christmas plans this year, I pray your team will embrace the season and the challenge to celebrate the birth of our Savior.
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