Ministry Fair

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Ministry Fair
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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 8:14am

My parish has scheduled a Ministry Fair the weekend of September 19/20. It takes place after in the church hall after all weekend Masses. It's not a yearly event. I think the last one we had was at least five years ago. I wondered if any of your parishes hold Ministry Fairs to inform parishioners of the various parish ministries available.


Ruth

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In reply to: churchbear
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 9:18am

Ours has one every other year. It's a big undertaking, which I suppose is the reason why it's not done every year.

In addition, each year, in the fall I think, every parishioner is mailed a stewardship commitment form in which they indicate the ministries they are currently involved in as well as any they may be interested in learning more about.

Michele

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In reply to: churchbear
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 11:34am

We have one every year. One interesting thing we do is we have a raffle. To enter the raffle, you pick up a card and then get it stamped whenever you ask a question at one of the ministry booths. Three questions qualify you to enter the raffle. In theory, it is an interesting way to get people who might be hesitant to ask questions to ask them, and to get everyone to learn more about different ministries. In reality, I don't know if it has been successful. My daughter has won something both years that we've done this, so I wonder if participation is low.


We also have donuts and coffee, of course!


Polly

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In reply to: churchbear
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 11:36am

I think since I have been at my Parish, the Church has done something like this. However, I know that many of the ministries or upcoming events are listed in the bulletin and everything is listed online.


I was just browsing the Parish website and found a pilgrimage to the holy land is being scheduled for the first 2 weeks of February. I think that would be an amazing trip, but unfortunately, I can not afford it.

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In reply to: churchbear
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 3:56pm
You know...I don't really know! The last few times ministries have been mentioned, it was just a blurb in the bulletin with our priest mentioning at the end of Mass that there was a materials station set up for us to check out. I'm going to have to look into this because I would love to get involved.







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In reply to: churchbear
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 9:28pm

This sounds like something we did in Iowa quite a few years ago.

 

 

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In reply to: churchbear
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 10:30pm
The ministry fair IS a big undertaking, but we make it work. The Men's club grills burgers and hot dogs to encourage fellowship. There are representatives from the different ministries manning tables to take signups and answer questions. We line up the tables alongside the sidewalk in front of the church, so they generally HAVE to pass us as they leave. Also small lightweight banners for each ministry are carried into the church during the processional and hung on the wall around the church for everyone to see. We're a very active parish with a new ministry cropping up every so often, so the processional gets longer each time, and there are more tables outside too.
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In reply to: churchbear
Thu, 08-27-2009 - 1:43pm

I think we have one every year.

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In reply to: churchbear
Thu, 08-27-2009 - 10:00pm

No ministry fair and not too many ministries that I can think of.... Altar servers, altar society, lectors, eucharistic ministers/EMHC's, choir, ushers, religious ed.

 


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