Leading Volunteers: Mugs ‘N’ Muffins

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Instead of having one big year-end appreciation luncheon for our
volunteers, we have several Mugs ‘n’ Muffins appreciation open
houses during the school year. We schedule each Mugs ‘n’ Muffins on
a Sunday morning from 9:15 to 11:15 so our volunteers can stop by
before, during, or after their involvement in worship, class, or
ministry.

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I designate one Mugs ‘n’ Muffins for all our Sunday school
teachers, one for all our midweek ministry helpers, and one for our
auxiliary ministries such as children’s church and puppet ministry.
Doing it this way keeps the number of people manageable.

Each time, I set up a decorated table with different kinds of
mini muffins, bagels and cream cheese, coffee, spiced tea, and
juice. I also make a small thank you gift for each Mugs ‘n’
Muffins. Each seasonal holiday lends itself to the table
decorations and gift. For example, in February, I fill a plastic
heart with chocolate Dove candies and attach a small note about
what a sweetheart each volunteer is. In March, I fill a pearlized
Easter egg with different Easter candies and attach a rolled-up
scroll with a thank you note.

My leaders have said that they appreciate that they don’t have
to fit something else into their busy schedules, but they can enjoy
this while already at church on Sundays.

Anne Bailey
Warsaw, Indiana

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