Theme: How To Fall Festival
The purpose of this event is to provide an evening of activity and fellowship for women. It is a blending of fun how-to activities, an outreach ministry project, and some spiritual growth issues.
Utilize newsletters and bulletin boards as well as other publicity avenues to promote this entertaining and interesting event. Invitations could feature one how-to topic, such as bow-tying. A small ribbon bow could be attached to a card or folded invitation. Use a computer to generate graphics to match the topics of how-to projects. Be sure the invitation includes information about registration costs - $5.00 will probably cover most expenses. One idea is to exempt any woman bringing cookie dough for 3 dozen cookies from paying the registration fee.
Each display or “stop” will have its own décor provided by the host or hostess. The décor should be suitable to the how-to topic.
As women enter the fellowship hall or large meeting space, they will be assigned a rotation order. Use stickers, numbers, or some other means of dividing them into small groups that can move from display to display to hear the presentations as they are made throughout the time.
- Use a large room with tables for each how-to topic.
- Enlist individuals with expertise to hold demonstrations as the women rotate to them in small groups.
- Allow 20 minutes for each demo with 5-7 minutes rotating time.
- Instruct demonstrators to provide materials for each woman’s hands-on experience (depending on the topic).
- Baskets can be given as door prizes every 30minutes to create interest and encourage everyone to stay for the entire event.
- Create name tags with stickers or computer graphics. Colored borders could be used to designate the groups for rotation.
Topic Suggestions: The following are ideas for the how-to demonstrations.
- how to tie a bow
- how to make food garnishes
- how to have a quiet time
- how to make memory scrapbook pages (ask women to bring 2 photos in publicity)
- how to change a tire
- how to make a quilted potholder or ____?
- how to create a floral centerpiece
- how to share your testimony
- how to do a self breast exam
- how to create a gift basket
- how to pray for missions
- how to make sea salt body scrub
- how to make sachets
- how to involve family members in missions projects
- how to do paper crafts
As part of the rotations the women will make, they will take turns baking cookies in the kitchen. The cookies will be used for an outreach to residents immediately in the church’s neighborhood, for a welcome project to new city residents, for a women’s crisis shelter or some other ministry project.
Devotion: God Wants Us to Learn
Name some of the things you have learned to do tonight. (wait for responses) As busy women we are always learning. We may not stop to consider that using a new recipe is learning or that a new computer program is a form of learning too. Our everyday lives are enriched by what we learn.
Learning doesn’t have to be something that is formal and takes place in a classroom setting. We can learn in a group or as individuals. It is the learning that takes place all the time that enables us to manage our time more wisely, keep cleaner houses (!), stay ahead of the kids in school, or receive a promotion.
The Bible has many examples of learners. Jesus’ twelve disciples were certainly learners, weren’t they? What about Joseph of Arimathea or Priscilla, Paul’s tentmaker friend? Lydia learned from Paul. Timothy learned many things from Paul. The psalmist asks for knowledge in Psalm 119:66. Proverbs 12:1 speaks of loving instruction and correction. “The mind of the prudent is ever getting knowledge” (Proverbs 18:15). The Message says, “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.” Knowledge is a divine gift (1 Corinthians 12:8) and it is pleasant (Proverbs 2:10).
We must have a goal when we learn. Application is the best goal perhaps. When we apply what we learn, we will come to new understandings and change can take place.
Someone has said that the devil doesn’t care how much biblical knowledge you have as long as you don’t apply it!
Ancient libraries’ books were written on clay tablets. Today we learn by logging onto our computers. We have certainly changed in the way we learn! What hasn’t changed, however, is the need for us to seek God’s direction as we learn new things and apply them. God wants us to develop the potential He has given us and to be effective witnesses for Christ. We as women are to maximize the influence we have in our families, in our neighborhoods, our communities, and as leaders in our churches.
Ecclesiastes 12:12-13 “But about going further, my son, be warned. Of making many books there is no end (so do not believe everything you read) and much study is a weariness of the flesh. All has been heard. The end of the matter is, Fear God – know that He is, revere and worship Him - and keep His commandments; for this is the whole of man, the full original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun, and the whole duty for every man.”