Donning their party hats, women and girls from Wheeling and Weirton enjoyed an afternoon of Christian fellowship, tasty treats, devotionals, and fabulous fun as they attended the Women’s Circle Fill My Cup tea party on Sunday, August 7th.
Entering the fellowship hall that had been transformed into a quaint English garden by youth volunteer, Ashley Garvick, members and their guests enjoyed delicious finger sandwiches, scones, dainty cookies, fruit, and, of course, a variety of teas. After discussing what makes us spiritually full in our lives, the women enjoyed several games, which included an amusing ice-breaker and a group sing where volunteers chose partners and braved singing I’m A Little Teapot. The highlight of the afternoon, however, took place when participants were each given a tea party hat to decorate with silk flowers, feathers, and ribbons and encouraged to design either the prettiest or craziest hat of all.
“I was amazed at the excitement and creativity in decorating hats,” explains Pastor Larry Murphy who was the photographer and judge for the afternoon. “I’ve never seen so many unique ideas for making hats. It was difficult to choose just one or two.”
Linda Jones, Women’s Ministry leader for Weirton, completed the afternoon with a devotional focused on God’s unending desire to fill our cups with grace, peace, and abundant life. Jones truly brought the Parable of the Teacup to life as she described what a teacup experiences in the hands of a master potter.
After extensive prayer, planning, and preparation by several women of both churches, the tea party was a successful outreach to the community as more than half of the participants were non-members. Bridgett Lewis, who also was instrumental in preparing the afternoon’s activities, explains just what God revealed throughout the event to Wheeling Women’s Ministry leader, Amy Garvick.
“When God impressed Amy to hold a tea party, she initially thought it would be a great opportunity to minister to the women of our congregations and unite them in an afternoon of fun and friendship. God definitely had other plans, though! He revealed that it was to be so much more and blessed it as a chance to reach out to family, friends, and neighbors with His love.”
Wheeling member Betty Cusak was one of many who took this opportunity to invite family members who had never before attended an event at the church. After the party, she expressed how much they enjoyed the experience. “My daughter-in-law was just ‘bowled over’ by the kindness and all the love she felt while there. She and my granddaughters had such a lovely time. My cup was filled and overflowing with joy and happiness!”
As attendees left the tea party, they were presented with several gifts including summer-scented candles, teacup magnets with herbal teabags, and their own tea party hat, while the young girls were each given a stuffed animal. One by one, guests expressed how lovely the tea was and that they could not wait until the next Women’s Circle event.
“We were just so delighted to see all the women enjoying an entire afternoon in such a special way,” Weirton prayer coordinator Mary Jo Long encourages. “God had His hands on this tea party from the very beginning, and it was evident that He wants both churches to continue such an important ministry.”