Widow Ministry Ideas

Advice for Widow's Ministry

This is a discussion from the old CLM Message Board

Below is the original question for the thread.

Does anyone have any activties, ministries, or ideas to minister to the widows and widowees in the church?

From Heather
It's neat that you're thinking about this!  A few ideas that I have are having one or two teens adopt a widow for a time.  (Another alternative is to have a famliy adopt a widow.)

Then you can provide opportunities for service--a list of things they can do for them based on the individual needs or wants from that widow.

Then from the church you could have teas, brunches, outings to places close to your area, craft fellowships, pot-luck dinners, etc.  Another idea is to use the talents of the widows to minister to your younger members.

If you have an older lady that cooks well, sews well, teaches, or whatever, let them work at the church with your teens, girls or even young mothers.  They can be such an encouragement!!!...

From MertVnWV
What a nice thing to do.  I haven't honored the widows in my church for a couple of years.  This will serve as a reminder that I need to try and get something together.  I hope we see some ideas posted here.  Heather, I really like your ideas.

I have done this a few times in the past.  I keep it simple.  Once I just had them all stand as I called their names and had the church recognize them with applause...

One other time I made home-made fudge for them.  The fudge for the diabetics was made with Splenda.  I ordered the loaf pans with Valentine decorated lids from OTC.  I did this around Valentine's day.

Another time I gave them a "Promise Basket."  These are great to give someone who has recently became a widow but of course you should wait a few weeks before giving her this.

I bought wire baskets at the Dollar Tree (they don't have them now.)  Any small basket will do. I put paper filler (purchased from Wal-mart) inside.

I wrapped it with the clear bakset wrap attached a bow and a decorated tag that read, 'PROMISE BASKET."  Each item that was placed in the basket has a decorative home-made tag.  You can use your clip art to make the tags/labels.

Contents: A cup; (Tag:) "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."  Ephesians 3:19

A crystal heart or any type pretty heart ornament; (Tag:) "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."  Lamentations 3:22,23

A pillow case; (I found perfect ones at the local Family Dollar store when I did mine.  They had stars and moons on them.) (Label:)  "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet."  Proverbs 3:24

A dollar bill; (Label:)  "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Phillipians 4:19

Purse size kleenex tissue; (Label:)  "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain..." Revelations 21:4

Small comb; (Tag:) "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."  Matthew 10: 30,31

Candle/votive; (Label:)  "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"  Psalms 27:1

From Inhishands
At Valentine's I gave out stuff little bears that song Jesus loves me.They ladies love them. all this sounds good.Thanks for sharing.

From Becca
Every year I had a tea party at my house for the widow ladies.  I tried to make it special for them by making it fancy.  I usually gave them a favor to remember the day and I also made a little scrapbook to give to them.

They really enjoyed it.  They would talk about for a long time afterwards.  They are such special ladies.  Unfortunately, we had to move but my friend is taking over the parties.  So much fun.!!

From PastorsWife
I have a heart for widows also.  We currently have only one in our church.  So I have her over for dinner often and try to include her in all our church activities.

It is easy to love on her since we only have one.  I like to send her gift cards anonymously in the mail, usually they are for grocery stores or gas.

We also have lots of teens and young people in the church, so we have had them get together for the elderly and pick up sticks and leaves in the fall.  They mow, shovel, etc.

Thanks for all the ideas.  I really like the promise basket!

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