Many churches celebrate the anniversary of a pastor and are looking for interactive ways to commemorate the occasion. Also, as part of an ordination or installation of pastors, elders, deacons, you may want to give a gift that involves all the participants and worshippers. Here are three ideas that I did that can be adapted for any occasion.
Celebrating the 15th anniversary of my Head of Staff’s ministry at our church, I cross stitched the names and dates of all those he had baptized. I thought it was a great way to visualize the blessings throughout his ministry at this church.
On his 20th anniversary at the church, I traced all the kids hands on felt, cut them out, and sewed them on a prayer blanket. To make the blanket, I scrounged through the Sunday School closet and found left over material from a quilting project made by one of the oldest members at our church. It had her signature on the corner of the fabric. It was a wonderful find. As a way to present the it, the kids laid hands on him and said a prayer (seen in picture above.)
At a presbytery meeting, we installed a new Presbytery Pastor (a head executive position that overlooks a group of churches within a geographic area.) As a gift from the presbytery, we wanted to give him a stole. I first made a pattern for a stole and sewed strips of ribbon in order to make a loom.
Before the meeting, commissioners were invited to write prayers on the ribbon.
I then wove the long strips of ribbon through the loom stole, sewed the ends, and added some fringe.
5 thoughts on “Interactive Gift Ideas for Anniversaries, Ordinations and Installations”
Theresa, you are amazing! Thanks for sharing.
you are some kind of craft queen! my goodness.
that one with the names of those your head of staff has baptized is AMAZING. what a gift!
What an amazing gift!! Would love to get this done for my daughter who is being ordained in June.