… if you’re going to have one or the other, this is the way to go, right?
Check out the May 2017 Clergy Crate, including the items below:
Fun fact: the content of this mailing ended up with a value of over $40! There was also a whole additional set of materials available on our password protected Subscribers page!
This Clergy Crate was designed around some of the activities unique to summer in the church. In my context, summer often means outdoor worship services. I find it tricky to both be comfortable in what I’m wearing and to use a mic pack, so the first item that shaped this mailing was the waist pack. I like how it looks relatively small until items are put in the zippered pockets, so it doesn’t look any bulkier than need be. With those summer worship experiences in mind, I also included both throat drops and (actually tasty!) antacids in my favorite flavors, which have gotten me through many a worship service. The rest of the items were selected to be able to fit into the pouch to support whatever work or play you have going on this season.
This waist pack is ideal for summer worship services as well as needing to be the go-to person for activities and first aid while on trips with your ministry, with the bandaid themed playing cards hinting at a bit of both. After much of my seminary experience surrounded by people playing ultimate frisbee, this little frisbee intrigued me as a way to play frisbee with it being small enough to come along wherever the summer may take you. I could also see it being a great fit for a promotional item to hand out for VBS, a campus activity fair, or rally day. This clay palm cross is designed to be held in hand as a help for focus in prayer practices.
In general, I’m trying to keep the contents of these mailings at a high quality and hopefully feature studios, companies, brands, artists, and products you may not have heard of, but in ministry life and ministry mailings, sometimes Oriental Trading ends up being a big help. Each of the items highlighted below comes from Oriental Trading and would work well for Take Our Church:
Puzzles like these cross ones can provide entertainment on a long/bus/plane/train ride when the group’s getting a bit restless. Traveling with competitive types? Time everyone to see who can complete the puzzle the fastest.
This scratch off postcard can serve as an object lesson for how God’s goodness is revealed, coming to understanding someone or something below the surface of what we see, or how God transforms us… and then it can be mailed!
This prayer journal is mostly designed for use by kids, but I think is applicable to any who want to have a clear prayer practice.
These temporary tattoos each have a different scripture verse. Depending on your audience, these can be amusing to unite your group with everyone having a tattoo or to set yourself apart with a sleeve of biblical tattoos. Or, if you’re in a particularly difficult season, you might find it helpful to have one of these on you as your own private encouragement.
There were additional resources provided by:
Interested in ordering for our next mailing? Be sure to go to our Order page, fill out the Google Form, and pay through the PayPal Link.
Also, be sure to check out our other types of mailings, Event Crates and Life Awards, to bless the clergy in your life, or send a treat to yourself!
For those who received this mailnig: Any testimonials or photos you can share of your mailing, especially with you using the items in your context, would be particularly helpful. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your photos.