Our Secret Sister program is designed to give our ladies the opportunity to minister secretly to other ladies in the church by praying for them, writing encouraging notes, and giving small gifts. Once a year, we have a Secret Sister’s fellowship during which the former Secret Sisters are revealed, and new ones are chosen. All ladies who wish to be involved will fill out an information sheet telling personal details such as family information, birthday, hobbies, favorite foods, colors of house, and, most importantly, prayer requests. At the end of the evening, the slips of paper are exchanged. Each lady then has a new Secret Sister for whom they are responsible to minister to for the rest of the year.
Emmanuel Baptist Church’s Ladies’ Spring Banquet is for the purpose of evangelism, introducing new ladies to our church, and fellowship for our own ladies. A different committee of ladies is chosen each year to plan, organize, and decorate for this banquet. It is a highlight of the year.
In the fall, our ladies do a variety of fun fall outings. Last year we enjoyed a fun trip to the Asheville area. We went to a farmer’s market and picked out delicious, fresh apples to bring home, did some shopping, and ate lunch together. The fellowship was the best part of the trip.
In addition to all this fun, our ladies are very ministry-minded. Our church families are divided into Caring groups. These groups care for each other in a variety of ways: notes, phone calls, meals, etc. They also take turns preparing for banquets and church fellowships, and bridal and baby showers. We are truly a family here at Emmanuel.