As we gathered for another quarterly leadership meeting, there were new faces from local churches present. But there was something else present, the spirit of giving. The Women’s Ministry Council collected donations for the Church at Gate 5, which ministers to the workers at the South Florida Fair. We collected clothing, food, and toiletries that will be dispersed to the workers by the Church at Gate 5 team. These volunteers actually live in campers along side the fair workers throughout the length of the fair, serving their needs and sharing the gospel. What an exciting opportunity to bring our leaders together and serve others.
Our introductory speaker, Laura Masoner, shared with our leaders various ways that we can tangibly reach out in to the community. Some of the suggestions she shared included:
* Pick one night per month from your small group schedule to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, 0r volunteer with a local organization.
* Hold a collection drive with your small group, or Women’s Ministry throughout the year.
* Expand your meal ministry beyond people in your church and out to those in need in your community: neighbors, coworkers, extended family, etc.
* Lead a Bible Study, night of Hymns/Worship songs, etc at your local retirement facility.
We created a document full of local organizations that can use assistance, volunteers, collection drives, or groups that they can start within their church to assist their community.
CARENET, C.A.R.E., PROTECT THE HEART
Our guest speakers Sue and Pam, from our local Carenet Center, shared with the women the facts about how abortion affects our community. We were able to get a better understanding of the services they provide for women who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy. We learned about the statistics for our area, and were given information that we can take back and not only share with our Women’s Ministry but also our Pastors and church leaders. This information included the various ways Women’s Ministries can come along side the center. If you have a local pregnancy crisis center or group for unexpected moms in your community consider how you can:
* volunteer to stuff envelopes, clean up the office, provide meals for training events.
* collect donations of money, diapers, clothing, or other goods for the center or local moms.
* support their local fundraising events, purity events, walk for life events, etc.
* consider becoming a mentor mom, leading a study for moms to be, or share your testimony to other women who are in post abortive recovery.
Contact your local center and ask how you can help individually or collectively as a church.
ONE CHILD MATTERS
Curtis Wilson of One Child Matters shared some things with the leaders about One Child Matters, their child sponsorship programs, development centers, and mission trips. Something that Curtis shared, that was new information to many of us, was the impact women have in their homes in regards to the spending & giving toward child sponsorships and missions programs.
As women, mothers, and those whom the Lord has gifted compassion and love… these children cry out to a special place in our hearts. We want to be able to help them, and we don’t always know how. As a Women’s Ministries we can have an impact not just on the children through sponsorship, but relationally as we connect with them in person through mission trips to the centers that serve these children.
I’m very excited to share, as a follow up, that One Child Matters has made great connections and has begun building relationships with several local churches. This means Curtis will be coming back to our area again in the near future. Should you be interested in having Curtis connect with your church, reach out to WMC or One Child Matters directly.
OUR ATTENDANCE IS GROWING.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM IS GROWING.
OUR MINISTRY IS GROWING.
2017 IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR.