“Hands to Hearts” Card Ministry

3 Feb

Yesterday, I met with the St. Thomas More “Hands to Hearts” Card Ministry Team.

A simple get-well card

For more than two years, I felt a gentle tug to begin a card ministry at my church. It took me a while, but I finally responded to that tug. Working with my friend, downline,  and fellow parishoner, Becky Evans, our ministry was launched last summer. We kicked things off in July with announcements in the weekly bulletins and presentations at each Mass. In August our fledgling ministry met for the first time!

We set up two meeting times each month, one during the day and one in the evening. Becky meets on the first Monday of the month from 7pm-9 pm and I meet on the first Wednesday from 10am-noon. At each session, our ministers make four (4) different cards that Becky and I create and prep in advance. We make 40 cards at each session. We have tried to keep things relatively simple so that anyone can make the cards, they don’t take a lot of time to make, and they don’t cost a lot of money to make.

A religious birthday card for the men of the parish

Not only do we make the cards, but we hand write messages in each one. Then we address the envelopes and seal them. Our wonderful church secretary adds the return address to each envelope, as well as postage, and sticks them in the mail.

You may be wondering what types of cards we send, and to whom. We have sent:

  • birthday cards to all those who are celebrating a birthday from 60 years on;
  • sympathy cards;
  • praying for you cards;
  • get-well cards;
  • thinking of you cards to our home-bound parishoners each month;
  • patriotic cards to our deployed service members returning home;
  • patriotic cards to our deployed service members;
  • Thanksgiving cards to our home-bound parishoners;
  • Christmas cards to our home-bound parishoners;
  • Valentine cards to our home-bound parishoners.

In September, we had tables set up at our parish picnic at which young and old alike enjoyed making cards to share. During the holidays, we made cards with clients from a local group home for them to give to someone. That was a fabulous experience! We loved it just as much as they did!

The parish covers the costs of supplies and postage for these cards. Becky and I provide the supplies at our costs, often purchasing from the “Clearance Rack” to keep costs low. We do this for love. You don’t have to be a member of our church to join us…all are welcome! If you love making cards, and you love serving others, plan now to join Becky next Monday night or join us next month!

If you’ve given any thought to starting a card ministry at your church, or God has been gently tugging at you, I’ll be happy to help you in any way I can…answer any questions you may have.

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2 Responses to ““Hands to Hearts” Card Ministry”

  1. Jackie Tillman February 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    what a great idea. love the cards too.

  2. Theresa February 11, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    Love the simple but elegant cards…thanks for sharing!

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