As you wrap up your women’s ministry plans for this year, I want to encourage you to go ahead and plan an event for January.
Chances are you’ll be too overloaded with Christmas celebrations, visiting family, and December church activities to remember to plan something for January in the midst of the craziness of December.
January will be a hard month for many of your women.
Think of the widows that struggled through their first Christmas without their spouse.
The colder weather and lack of sunlight will send some of your women into a seasonal depression.
Many of your women will be just plain exhausted from the stress of managing difficult family relationships intensified by holiday visits.
You can provide all of those women and more with some comfort come January.
Here’s my idea – Schedule a two-hour fellowship, with childcare in January.
- Invite your women to bring their favorite comfort foods.
- Have one of your women to share how God has provided comfort through a difficult season.
- End with a movie that speaks to God’s comfort, such as Faith of Our Fathers.
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Here’s how I might run the event:
5:45 Set Up – Put out tablecloths, drinks, paper goods, name tags, etc.
6:30 Welcome and prayer (including blessing the food)
6:33 – 6:50 Time to get food and mingle (eating can continue during the rest of the time)
6:50 – 6:58 Testimony – Sharing how God has provided comfort thru a difficult season
7:00 – 8:30 Show the movie Faith of Our Fathers
8:30 Thank women for coming, pray, and dismiss
So you’re probably wondering why I’m recommending Faith of Our Fathers. I know, it’s not a chick-flick and it’s about the Vietnam War. (Side note: Some of your women will be thrilled it’s not a chick-flick!)
Here’s the movie’s synopsis.
With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul, meet as strangers.
Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall—the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son. FAITH OF OUR FATHERS: a story of fatherhood; a journey of brotherhood.
Near the beginning of the film the character of Stephen George is questioned about reading his Bible on the battle field in Vietnam and he says, “I’m just finding some comfort in a place that’s not really comfortable.”
Your women are in some uncomfortable places.
Challenging discipline issues.
Unwanted medical diagnosis. I could go on…
Faith of Our Fathers is about more than fatherhood. It’s about finding comfort in God alone.
I believe this movie will inspire and encourage your women to seek God’s comfort in difficult places.
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Now for the Giveaway – One lucky reader will win a copy of Faith of Our Fathers!
You can get a glimpse of the video in the trailer below.
The winner will be randomly selected from the comments below on Tuesday, November 10th at 10 AM. Winner will be contact by email. Please see the rest of the contest details below.
I’d love to hear what your women’s ministry does to offer comfort to the women in your church and community.
For more information on the movie and for additional resources, please check out the Faith Of Our Fathers Website.
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