Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Apples of Gold

So, I have wanted to post about this for a few weeks and I am not sure why I haven't. This is the greatest thing and I just love it! I don't know Betty, but it is fantastic and I think EVERYone should do it.

I love inter generational things...and this is one of them!

It is a study/event that is called Apples of Gold. Our women's ministry team at Grace has put this together and it is truly just awesome. They each are so unique in their gifts and it is very neat to see it all play out together and just how well they all compliment one another in this way.

What it is: a night where the "more birthday-ed" as I like to refer to them as women in our church take us younger women and serve us, teach us, spoil us, love us, and teach us so more! We are meeting for 6 weeks (each Tuesday night) for 2.5-3 hours. The first little bit they teach/show us a new recipe and some cool kitchen gadgets/ideas/tricks of the trade etc. Then we meet for a bible study over specific topics based on the scripture Titus 2:3-5. After that we get to eat what we were shown in the cooking part and also have fabulous conversation with a group of 4-6 women.

I just absolutely love this! It is priceless. I love hearing the lives' of women that have gone before me in the journey of being a believer, a wife, a mother, a friend...they are so sweet and precious--all of them. They each have different stories and different personalities and they are so fun! They seem to really enjoy being on their end of it as well. I like to make a big deal about them, just as they seem to do for us.

I like it also because it is small. They only took 10 of us "younger" women and there is about 5-8 of them each week (I think they rotate, maybe). Anyway, we have had three weeks of it so far and I wish I could just stop time while I am there. I wish I could make this last forever because I love it so much. It is so refreshing and the food is really really really good! All together I am not sure there is much in my life that I look forward to right now than my Tuesday nights with these ladies.

I highly recommend anyone to this program. I suppose it needs to be put together well or it wouldn't be so fabulous, but our ladies did/do it top notch each and every week. They go to the extreme and it is so neat and fun! I hope that if you haven't had the opportunity to be a part of it and there is one in your town/church that you will find out more about it. It's that good! And I have learned so much about cooking/baking/being in the kitchen and then of course about being kind, and about being a loving wife and mommy.


Becky said...

I like the term "more birthday-ed"! Cute! Glad you have this time with these women - it is priceless!

Christy said...

Sounds fun. Wish I felt like I had the time to give to that kind of fun in my life right now. (sigh)
Glad you're enjoying it.

Laura said...

I think that is great. What a blessing. I am having to come to grips with the fact that I am in the middle of my "birthday-ed ness" I still feel 22 some days...except for the fact I have all these children calling me "mom"! This ministry will bless many women and produce wonderful friendships. I am excited for all those involved. How cool!

Marci H said...

That is GREAT! I had no idea this was going on at our church. I would love to be "one of the younger" in this group. Am I too old??? I still feel like I have SOOOO much to learn about being a wife and mommy.

khowze said...

I agree with everything you said!

Courtney said...

for all of you that responded I will send Cindy your name/email and let her know you might be/are interested in the next one (I dont' know when that will be, but my prediction would be not till next fall)...and no, none of you are too old for it...:)

actually there is one lady who isn't married (i think she's 24) and then there is a mix between that age and then there are 2 ladies in their upper 30s I believe also (if not maybe 40)...you are fine!

Dalene said...

Courtney...thanks for lunch. I think you're just about the most sincere person I know...and I just enjoyed the time we spent together so much.

I love that ministy idea... part of the fun of living is learning! I think one of the blessings of church is when we can cross generational lines.

Angel said...

so what are some recipes? easy?
i am glad you are enjoying it.

Hannah E. said...

Our women's ministry offers Apples of Gold semi-regularly too. They just completed a session of it...my mom was one of the mentors. Hopefully, it will be one of our Bible study offerings next year, because I really want to do it! Ours this time had women in their 20s and 30s but there was also a lady nearing 50 probably, who is on a peer level with most of the mentors....she still wanted to be a student of them even though she was the same age as them! And it worked out fine.