What Are You Doing to Thank Your Volunteers This Year?

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A BBQ? A gift card? Cake after a worship service? I can't decide what to do this year. Please share your ideas!

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Hi Jolana:

I stick with the 'tried and true', my 4th year with this plan. We've had an appreciation lunch for all children & youth teachers and leaders the Sunday after our Church school, and most other kids ministries, end which was May 23 this year. My husband cooks, I decorate and set-up, the Education Committee serves and cleans-up, along with some Council members as well. We invite family members and usually have about 90.

I have a "give away", usually a thank you pen with a name card for each volunteer. It's a nice time of fellowship and seems to be appreciated by those who attend.

We also do a slide show of lots of photos of the past year in ministry during both morning worship services. On that apprecation Sunday we give bibles to our kids entering 3rd grade for use at the christian school. And, we give recognition to any leaders 'retiring' from ministry.

So, it's a full morning but a very upbeat, positive one.

Blessing to you!
Lauri Howard
Coordinator of Ministries
Immanuel CRC, Ripon CA

Thanks lauri! I love the idea of a slide show with pictures! I be the kids would enjoy seeing themselves on screen, and it's a great way to remember the good times shared over the last year! I only have a handful of photos this year, but I'll be more intentional about taking pictures from now on, so that I can do that next year!

By the way, it's nice to hear from you! I hope all is well in Ripon--I have such fond memories of visiting there.

Blessings!