A lady on one of the scrapbooking forums I visit had expressed an interest in using scrapbooking as a ministry tool. I offered the following suggestions and thought I’d post them here as well. Some I have used, some I haven’t. If you find some of it useful, take what you can use, leave the rest. Even if you’re not a scrapbooker, it may give you some ideas on how to use your favorite hobby as a ministry tool. 🙂
1. MINISTER TO THE GRIEVING….
When the reality of loss set in, people often find themselves able to function beyond the overwhelming sadness. Talking is such a help. Even if your grieving friend is not a scrapbooker, chances are good that they have photographs of their lost loved one. Ask them to share those photos with you. Talk about what was happening in the photos, the memories, the good times. If you feel led, offer to make a mini album for them using copies of those photos.
2. MINISTER TO THOSE WITH MEMORY LOSS…..
If there is someone in your life suffering from Alzhiemers, you know how devestating it is to lose precious memories. Even if you don’t know anyone who’s memory is slipping away, you can easily visit any local nursing home, talk to the patient care coordinator and they can point you in the right direction. Sit with the person (and their families if possible), go through their photos. Make a very simple scrapbook album that gives prominence to photos, names and dates.
3. MINISTER TO THE TERMINALLY ILL…..
My mother works for a hospice and this is one of the ministries they offer. I meet with patients and their families. They tell me their stories and memories. Even if they don’t have photos to go with each story, I try to include the story on a photo-less page. This ministry helps the patient to remember their full life and offers a wonderful momento for the families once their loved one has passed.
4. MINISTER TO YOUR CHURCH…..
Every church can use this ministry tool. If your congregation doesn’t already have one, designate yourself as the official photographer for the church. Attend every function, baptism, etc. and be sure to take photos of more than just your own family. **if your church is very large, this is a great way for you to meet more members of your church family!** Ask the church to give you a small budget for photo development and supplies. Make scrapbooks to be kept in the church foyer, available for viewing by all members and visitors. This is an excellent way to get visitors and new members interested in involvement.
5. MINISTER TO SHUT-INS……
If your congregation has faithful members who can no longer attend weekly services due to illness, transportation, etc., bring them the church scrapbooks to share the fun with them. Yes, they’ll talk about how they wish they could have been there, but they’ll still love watching all the fun through your eyes.
6. MINISTER THROUGH THE CHURCH WEBSITE….
Most churches today have websites. Offer either digital pages or high quality scans of your paper pages to be used on the church website. There could even be a whole seperate page on the site for the “church scrapbook.” This is fun for members and prospective members!
7. MINISTER TO YOUR PASTOR AND HIS FAMILY…..
Most pastors are incredibly busy and most pastor’s wives like to stay in the background. They are usually ministering to everyone around them, while no one is ministering to them. Make a mini scrapbook filled with quotes on leadership, gratitude, or whatever your pastor and his wife likes as a gift for him/her/them. Frame a beautiful page and give it to them. The truth is, pastors and their families are the least ministered people around, yet they’re probably the ones who need it the most. Love on your pastor and his family today!
8. MINISTER TO YOUR COMMUNITY…..
Talk to your pastor about having the church sponsor an all day crop. Invite the community, free of charge. If you can, teach a few basic classes. If you’re able to get vendors…even better. Make it a pot luck or see if the church can supply lunch or dinner. You might also check with members of your church family to see if they’d be interested in sponsoring a meal. This is a wonderful way to reach and love on unchurched people in your community.
If you think about it, the possibilities are limitless. You can minister to just about anyone using your favorite hobby. Hope this helps!