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Fellowships, Food, Volunteers June 17, 2014

Fellowship Food Fix

Food costs can quickly sink your Women’s Ministry budget for an event.

Fellowship Food Fix

I know a team that grew tired of making food for every event so they decided to add a line to their budget.

They budgeted around $125 for food from Sam’s Club.

Which is okay. Except this was for a gathering of only about 25 women.

Ya’all that’s at least $5 per person for snacks.

For most of our budgets that’s too much…

My heart sinks thinking about how half that money (really, more) could have been used to buy supplies for a Missions Project or some other cause…

Asking your own women to bring food does two things:

  1. It encourages them to come to the event. Chances are they won’t come alone, either. They’ll ask a friend to meet them there.
  2. It gives your women the opportunity to serve one another.

Food provides an invitation and opportunity for women to serve one another.  More thoughts on Fellowship Food Fix at Women's Ministry Toolbox.

Why you should ask your women to bring food:

  1. They have great recipes to share! Aunt Ida’s apple pie. Mama’s famous cheese ball. Women will be begging for the recipes and lavishing them with compliments.
  2. There is a group of women at your church that would love the excuse to try a new recipe – you can thank Pinterest!
  3. There are women who would love an opportunity to cook for someone else. Not everyone has someone to cook for and not everyone’s efforts are appreciated at home.
  4. It will decrease your clean-up and set-up time when you use the plates and serving dishes the women bring.

That being said, some women would stay home if you required them to bring a dish.

You need to build a Food Team.

My 2-in-1 Door Prize/Volunteer Form is the easiest way I know to build volunteer teams.

You will also need to recruit a Food Team Leader. Your Food Team Leader will be responsible for calling the needed number of women 2 weeks prior to the event.

  • Ask your women to bring something sweet, salty, or healthy.
  • No need to take notes or pass a sign-up sheet – it almost always works itself out and if there’s two of something it really isn’t a big deal.
  • Set the gentle expectation that these women will stay for the event. I.E. “We’re having a Fellowship next Friday night, could you come and bring a snack?”
  • Spread out the work and only ask each woman to help 2-3 times per year if possible. Keep track on a spreadsheet.

When your women bring food to your fellowships you get a great variety, give women the opportunity to serve, and keep your expenses to a minimum.

How do you handle food for your fellowships?

Conferences, Fellowships, Gifts & Favors, Retreats, Volunteers May 20, 2014

Double-Duty Door Prize Slips

Chances are you’re giving out door prizes at almost every Women’s Ministry event.

Don’t miss the opportunity to collect some much needed information from your women!

Double-Duty Door Prize Slips for your Women's Ministry event.

Use your door prize slips to:

  • Gather email addresses for your Women’s Ministry email list.
  • Collect volunteers for various teams/committees.
  • Build your database by collecting physical addresses.
  • Solicit responses to a question your team has for your women.
  • Find out who’s visiting.
  • Track which campuses are represented.

Here’s a look at one we used in the past.

Sample door prize and volunteer slip - collect information when drawing for a door prize.

Feel free to change it and make it yours.  

Be sure to check out my post on Door Prizes Ideas – don’t miss the opportunity you have to share Jesus!

Free Printables, Gifts & Favors, Thank You, Volunteers October 1, 2013

Minty Thank You (Free Printable)

A Minty Thank You - Free Printable - 1 with a verse, 1 without


Everyone appreciates a little acknowledgement and appreciation for their commitment and hard work.

I’ve seen several mint-themed thank you ideas floating around on Pinterest and thought I’d put my own spin on a free printable for you! 🙂

I’ve got two versions for you – one with a Bible verse and one without.

There are 6 tags per page.

Click on the link and it will open up a PDF for you to print.

Option 1: commit MINT thank you Option 2: commit MINT thank you with verse

Print it on white cardstock – it will hold up better when attached and is less likely to tear.

Attach it with:

  • Tape
  • Ribbon (hole punch a corner)
  • Staples
  • Glue
  • String

Attach it to:

  • Box of Junior Mints
  • Peppermint Patty
  • Andes Mints (whole box or bag/mini box filled with them)
  • Peppermint candies (red/white striped)
  • Breath mints
  • Mint flavored gum
  • Minty homemade goodies (peppermint brownies, andes mint cookies, minty cupcakes, Google/Pinterest for ideas)
  • Mint flavored M&M’s
  • Mint-flavored Lifesavers
  • Thin Mints (Girl Scout Cookies)
  • Mentos
  • Tic-Tacs
  • Altos
  • Peppermint Scrub
  • Mint plant (available seasonally in a variety of flavors at your local nursery/garden center)
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate

I have no doubt the recipient will enjoy their “minty thank you”!

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