The ministry year is coming to a close, and I’ve been thinking of ways I can appreciate my leadership team for their hard work. It can be tricky to come up with something fresh and fun to do with the whole team! One thing I came across was this idea for a garden party. How Spring is that?

I LOVE this idea because it’s so simple. The decorations are things I have around the house (or can borrow easily!) and the food is potluck style (although I’m not calling it that…). My goal is also simple: to celebrate what God has planted this year and to pray for a great harvest in women’s lives as a result.

Here are some ideas I’ve put together. You can use this “outline” to have your own Garden Party for your team…

Garden Party “Program”

Read the theme scripture and thank your team for all they did this year.

“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work” I Corinthians 3:7-8

Start your time off by sharing a couple of God moments from the year. Then go around and ask each woman to share the God moments they saw.

Finally, hand out small plants or flowers. As you hold the plants, thank God for every woman who came to your events and pray that the seeds planted in their lives would bring forth great fruit for God’s kingdom. Invite anyone who is comfortable to pray. Close by thanking God for each person on the team.

As you wrap-up, encourage your leaders to plant the flower in their yards as a reminder to pray for the women of your church and community.

The important thing is to not get hung up on the details! The focus of this gathering is to share what God has done in your life and in the lives of the women in your ministry…

Tips for a great event:

* Choose an appropriate outdoor space to host your gathering; you backyard or porch, the church courtyard, or a local park.

* Send simple invites using Evite.com, store-bought invitations, or write the details on flower seed packets and hand out.

* Ask women to bring spring-inspired snacks (think cupcakes, fruit, and finger foods).

* Serve pink lemonade in clear plastic cups.

* Use canning jars as vases with simple flower arrangements

* Choose a simple, spring-themed craft for the women to work on (optional)

* Relax and have fun!

Want some visual inspiration for your own garden party? We’ve got a board on Pinterest with lots of creative fodder! Check it out!