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Lyssa, thank you for these fabulous tips on running a successful card ministry. I have been running my churches card ministry for 5 years and in turn have been truly blessed by the experience. People who are isolated at home right now especially look forward to receiving cards of celebration, get well, thinking of you, and even sympathy. I have 5-8 women who regularly help with card making in my church. We also make candy boxes for special events and extra special giant cards for the special people in our church. We have great fun and fellowship when we meet. I'll be glad when we are able to gather together again.

I will file this away as our church is not open because of Covid. It is a good idea though. Hope you and your family are doing much better. How did you get it?

I actually am an avid stamper and SU Demo today because of my church’s card ministry. I was employed by the church, and just as I was getting ready to leave for home, I discovered three women making cards in one of the classrooms. I had no clue our church had a card ministry. I kept going back to see what they were doing, and they put me to work the second or third time I came. That was in the fall of 2000; now I have a room full of stamps and have been a demo for almost 13 years!

My tip would be to pick a name for your card ministry. Our name was Caring Cards. We had a custom stamp made for our signature stamp with Caring Cards and the name of our church.

Thank you for this timely information. I was scrambling again for some ideas. You always come though for me.
P.S. I hope your family recovers quickly from Covid. Prayers winging their way to you.

Thank you so much for sharing how you run a card ministry!! The level of detail and suggestions are fantastic <3

Last April through August I set a box in my church narthex with a bunch of hand stamped cards I had acquired through swaps or stamp-a-stacks I had attended over the years but never sent. I also made some of the SU Covid-19 Make A Difference PDF sentiments and added them to the box. Then I posted on our church Facebook group that they were there for any member to take and share some encouragement to anyone they knew but especially asked them to focus on the shut-ins/elderly and at risk people in our church and small town.
I had several members thank me and they left the clear protective sleeves behind in the box so I could keep refilling. I pulled the box by September since interest had slowed down as did my supply of cards. With the uptick in cases and that my county has made national news for our high case per capita count it may be time to set out more or try to make some kits to go.
Again, thank you for sharing this amazing ministry opportunity with us!
Blessings on your business and to you and your family!! Stay well!! :)

I love this idea. Now I send handmade cards out to all of the congregation a couple of times a year. It is anonymous but some have guessed it's me. I figure if even one person is lifted up or blessed by my little old card then it is worth it. Our church is going through restructuring and I am hoping to do something like this once to get others involved once we are allowed to go back to face to face activity.

What a wonderful post. I think that you have done an excellent job of detailing how to start this ministry. I have been sending cards to fellow parishioners for several years. One recipient told me that she displayed the cards where she could see them daily. They reminded her that the whole parish was praying for her husband who had cancer. For people of faith, knowing that they are recipients of pray can be very comforting. Thank you for reminding everyone that small things can give great joy.

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