Have you wondered what the roses are in back of church?
The Elizabeth Ministry is here for you
What is Elizabeth Ministry?
Elizabeth Ministry is an international organization designed to support women and their families as they raise their children. St. Thomas has been a registered chapter since 2019.
How does it work if you need prayers or a member to contact you?
In the back of church there is a basket with roses laying in it. White roses are for the loss or miscarriage of a baby, red is for an adoption or waiting to adopt, yellow is for wanting to have a baby and trying to become pregnant, pink is for the expectant mother so her pregnancy goes well. Locate a card that corresponds to the color of rose you need and fill out the card. Once you have filled out the card take a ribbon and attach it to the rose. Once you have completed this, place the rose into the vase. If you would like someone to reach out to you, make sure to include your name and phone number. An Elizabeth minister will contact you. If you would like to remain anonymous but would still like a member to reach out to you, take a card and fill it out and place the card into the grey fabric printed container in the basket with the roses and a member will contact you, but please place the appropriate colored rose into the vase. When the members see a rose without a card they will know to check the container.
How does it work as a volunteer?
Volunteers become Elizabeth Ministers in the areas that they have experience. For example, a woman who has twins would visit and mentor a woman who is pregnant with twins. Continued support is given through the pregnancy and after the birth as needed. This support comes in the forms of visits, prayer, phone calls, cards etc. Areas of the Elizabeth Ministry include pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, stillbirth support, regretted abortion, infant or child death, adoption, family crisis as examples.
Other areas the ministry is involved may include: family mom group outings, meal outreach for parish members in crisis, welcoming baptism families, prayer support for families in need, outreach to celebrate baptism anniversaries to name a few.
In past generations, the presence, intimacy and support needed during childbearing years was found within the structures of family, neighborhood, church and community. In the past women were near family members and were home with neighbors who raised children together. Today, families work and some are not close to their family members.
Many women feel isolated during their childbearing years, particularly in times of crisis. Elizabeth Ministry will provide a great opportunity to touch women and their families, and to offer them support, encouragement and affirmation during this time. The Ministry will engage many women of the church in active ministry with others, they will provide outreach, service, and love.
Elizabeth Ministry offers women an opportunity to minister to others and to be ministered to during times of need.
What are the benefits?
Elizabeth Ministry supports a faith community’s commitment to the sanctity of life. It’s a way to reach young adults as they build their families. It also provides a focused dimension to bereavement ministry and marriage enrichment. It builds community and is especially successful in parishes with schools and young families.
Elizabeth Ministry is a perfect forum for meeting new people in the church and greeting newcomers with a true spirit of welcome.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact