Going to the mailbox and finding a hand-written envelope with a beautiful card inside can bring a smile to homebound church members, as well as those in the church going through a difficult time. It’s also a great way to let college students living away from home, those in the military, missionaries, and those imprisoned know that your church cares about them and is thinking of them.
Starting a card ministry in your church doesn’t take much more than a few folks willing to write and send out cards and someone who’ll organize their efforts. This is a wonderful ministry for those who may be restricted in their activities because of physical infirmities; as long as they are able to write, they can participate in the ministry.
Your church prayer list is a good place to start when you’re looking to put together a list of recipients for your cards. You should also regularly connect with your pastor, administrative assistant, and the person in charge of the prayer list. If you find yourself with a lot of people who want to be involved, you can expand and send cards to those in local nursing homes, hospitals, etc.
You can ask for donations of cards or money to purchase them. Christian cards are available in bulk from Christian book and gift stores, as well as websites such as DaySpring and ChristianBook.com. If you have some crafty people in your church, consider getting them together on a regular basis to make cards. These will make your recipients feel even more loved and treasured when they see the time and effort you’ve spent making their cards.
There are plenty of websites which will give you basic instructions on making cards and Pinterest is filled with ideas for individual cards. Card making supplies are available at local craft stores, such as Joann and Michael’s. You can also look for a card making group or start your own.
If you live on Long Island, then you have a great opportunity for card-making, as we have a group which meets in our Patchogue office on the first Saturday of each month. It’s led by consultant Karen Smith, who does much of the cutting involved and provides all the supplies needed, except for double-sided tape and scissors. There is a materials fee of $20 per person to make a nine cards; there are three each of three different designs and envelopes are included. Beginners as well as seasoned cardmakers are all welcome. Preregistration is required. You can register by calling 631-821-2255 or 631-486-4350 or emailing email@example.com.