Fellowship Idea: Workshops!

Fellowship Idea Workshops

Last month I had the opportunity to attend a Women’s Ministry Workshop Fellowship at our new church.

I’ve heard of other churches hosting similar events and I was eager to participate and see first-hand how it worked!

Women had three workshops to choose from:

  1. Canning strawberry jam
  2. Creative canvas painting
  3. Spring flower arranging

This fellowship was scheduled from 6:30-8:30 PM. The cost was $10/person and refreshments were included.

Pre-registration was required so that adequate supplies could be purchased.

The first hour we participated in our workshop.

During the second hour we worked together to assemble goodies for several ministries our church is partnered with.

Last year women chose 2 workshops, but there was no mission project completed. From the bits and pieces I heard, women preferred having two workshops (not that they didn’t want to participate in the mission project!).

I chose the painting workshop – sorry I don’t have photos of the others!

Finished product from our Women's Ministry workshop fellowship night

One of the women in our church has an art studio and teaches art classes. She did a fabulous job leading us step-by-step through the process.

It was really fun to see how different each person’s painting turned out. She guided us while encouraging us to make some artistic choices – paint color, types of flowers, placement of the suggested verse, etc.

I believe we had roughly 35-40 women participate, which was a great turnout for our size church. Several of the women had attended last year and were thrilled that was another workshop series again this year. This is definitely one Women’s Ministry Fellowship event you could do year after year!

Half the fun was walking around and admiring what each person had accomplished!

The flower arrangements were gorgeous!

The jam smelled delicious!

Everyone has the opportunity to learn a new skill

I love this type of fellowship for three reasons:

  1. It relies on the talents and skills of the women in your church and gets women involved that might not be your regular “women’s ministry” attendees.
  2. Everyone has the opportunity to learn a new skill.
  3. Every person goes home with something! (That could include a sample, detailed directions, or a recipe.)

Workshops you may want to offer:

  • Automotive Basics (how to change the oil or a tire)
  • Basic Sewing Skills (button, hemming)
  • Budgeting
  • Calligraphy
  • Canning (vegetable, fruit, or jam)
  • Creative Lettering
  • Crochet/Knitting
  • Cross-stitch
  • Essential Oil Roller Bottles Class
  • Etching
  • Freezer Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Holiday-specific craft
  • How to Make a No-sew Fleece Blanket
  • How to Make a Pie Crust
  • How to Make Pasta from Scratch
  • How to Use Chalk Paint (furniture, mirrors, décor)
  • Make and Take DIY Cleaners
  • Photography
  • Pizza Making
  • Origami
  • Tree Decorating
  • Weaving
  • Wreath Making

You may want to poll your women to see what interests them and as a way to find women willing to share their skills. (An easy way to do that is to give them an index card at an earlier event. Ask for their input and also use the index cards to draw for door prizes – they’ll be more likely to turn them in!)

If you have a Nana Booth at your church that is famous for her homemade chocolate pies, ask her if she’d be willing to teach the other women at church how to make it. She might just say yes!

The Women’s Ministry partnered with the Flower Ministry for our event. Think about what groups/committees you might be able to team up with for your workshops.

Your turn to share: What other ideas do you have for workshops?

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Comments

  1. Lillie kidd says:

    Enjoy reading your women’s ministry ideas. How to use the women’s in the church. Opportunity for them to share their talent.

  2. Charlene, So glad you found my site. 🙂 It was another one of our team members that ran the strawberry jam workshop. I’ll see if I can get the recipe from her. 🙂

  3. Cyndee, I have just stumbled upon your site due to starting plans for a spring retreat. I would love to have your strawberry jam recipe and how you set up the workshop. I think this is an awesome idea for our women to do next year when the local berries are in. I love your site.

  4. Valerie, I grew up in a church that hung beautiful banners around the sanctuary. What a great project to undertake! 🙂 Honestly, though, I think your project is a service project to your church. Not that you can’t add another. 😉 Maybe you would want have the group make a banner to donate to a church that doesn’t have the resources or skills to make their own…just a thought! May God bless your time together!

  5. In the fall, I am teaching the women to make worship banners…from creative idea to finish…thanks for the inspiration. I will definitely add a service project.
    Valerie

  6. Susan, Wow! Thanks for the fabulous additions to the list! 🙂

  7. Susan Sellers says:

    Additional workshops could include: Literary Arts: Essay, Life Experiences, Poems, Short Stories; Heritage Arts:Basket Weaving, Jewelry Making, Pottery (thrown & hand built), Regs (hooked, braided, woven), Tole/Decorative PInting, woodworking, China Painting, Needlework, Knitting, Quilting (hand & machine), Tatting & Needlelace, Stained Glass, Woodcarving, Woodturning; Performing Arts: Comedy/Drama, Dance, Instrumental, Vocal, Line Dancing; Visual Arts: Acrylica, Mixed Media, Pastels, Drawing, Oil, Sculpture, Photography, Watercolor.

  8. Debby, that particular night we made goodie bags (candy, hand soap, mints, etc.) for an outreach ministry and put candies in a decorated cardboard envelope-type holder for the staff at the elementary school we partner with.

    At another church we made no-sew fleece blankets on repeatedly occasions. Here’s the link: http://womensministrytoolbox.com/local-mission-project-idea-no-sew-fleece-blankets/

    We’ve also made Blessing Bags. On occasion we made them to pass along to other women in our church and community that could use some encouragement. Another time we made them for women at a local abuse shelter and filled them with make-up, soap, body wash, etc.: http://womensministrytoolbox.com/encouragement-blessing-bags/

    You could also work together to make Sonshine Boxes – perhaps for college students, military, homebound members, etc.: http://womensministrytoolbox.com/sonshine-box/

    Hope these ideas help! I’d love to hear what you all decide to do!

  9. That’s a great idea Myra! Thanks for sharing!

  10. We made neck wraps from flannel and rice and took them on a visit to our shutins. Myra

  11. I’m interested in the missions project you completed! We are starting to emphasize missions in our women’s ministry, but it is hard to find a project other than just making a contribution or buying something to give. We would like to find something “hands on” that our ladies could put together for a ministry or missionary we support. What did you do during your workshop?

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