I've counted them. I've added them all by name. There's exactly 31.
Among them are nursery workers, children's ministry coordinators, Sunday School and Wednesday night teachers, and small group leaders. Their talents are many. Their hours of service to my children are numerous. Their willingness to be poured out in sacrificial service for God each and every week...unmeasurable.
And for that, I am grateful.
Every year, our family gathers around the dining room table in assembly-line fashion to put together small gifts of thanks to all the children's ministry volunteers who invest in our family each week. This year, we put together small gift bags filled with all-natural Christmas potpourri that when simmered on the stove, make an entire house smell like warm, spiced cider. This potpourri is easy to assemble and makes for a welcome alternative to the traditional Christmas cookie or jar mix "thank you" gift.
1 orange or clementine
1-2 sticks of cinnamon
1/4 c. cranberries
1 T. whole cloves
1 tsp. whole allspice
Fill one cellophane bag with the ingredients listed. Secure with a twist tie. Use raffia twine to attach a copy of the "instructions" to the bag.
Instructions as printed on the tag
- Quarter orange.
- Place all items in a saucepan and cover with water.
- Simmer on low heat.
The potpourri can be re-used several times as long as additional water is added to the saucepan each time.
Don't forget to download your copy of the Stovetop Potpourri Instruction tags.
Need more ideas for teacher gifts? Be sure to check out the following:
Edible Snowman Buttons
Christmas Thank You for Sunday School Teachers
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