Shortly after we moved to Medina, I joined our church's Spa Team.
Can I just say? I love that our church, any church, would have a ministry of this kind! What a beautiful opportunity to show love through hands-on connection. We are a spirited group of women made up of cosmetologists, a massage therapist, an esthetician (me), and a few other gals who assist with treatments and sit with the ladies waiting for treatments.
My first outreach event was to the widows of our church, and since then I have been on outreaches to a nursing home, a non-profit coffeehouse (we serve here once a quarter), a women's transitional home, a cancer support group, our youth group girls (this was me doing an all-night facial marathon = 22 facials in a row!), and a pregnancy resource center. This summer, our team will be traveling to West Virginia to serve women in coal mining country.
Cups Cafe owner, Tim Van Arsdale, enjoyed pedicure time with his daughter at our last coffeehouse outreach:
Clearly, real men wear pink.
Last Saturday, we went to Oaks Family Care Center in Brunswick. This organization provides a number of services, including parenting classes & support groups, counseling, a garage turned in to a store with donated baby items and furniture, plus childcare services and more.. all free of charge. We met Betty & Stan Barlow, the interim Executive Directors, who have poured themselves in to this ministry for over a decade, and are as sweet as can be.
We gave over a dozen haircuts, manicures, pedicures, and facials that morning, including moms, teenage girls, and one unsuspecting little boy, who was not happy about having his hair cut for the first time.
It was a gorgeous Spring morning, filled with baby stories and blessings. And M&Ms.