Elizabeth Ministry

September 26, 2008

Elizabeth Ministry Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went to Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, “of all the women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honored with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled”

Luke 1:39-45

In the past, the support women found during the childbearing years came from the family, neighborhood and church. Women gathered around the well, so to speak. Today, these structures have undergone change. Families, no longer live in the same town, and neighborhoods have become fragmented. In a response to the growing need for this type of support structure, the Elizabeth Ministries was created to bring this support structure back.

Elizabeth Ministry is an outreach to women in special times of motherhood. The purpose of this ministry is to affirm, support, encourage, and assist women in response to their needs during the childbearing years. Elizabeth Ministry follows the example of the scripture story of the Visitation by bringing women together who share a similar story. This ministry is an opportunity for like-to-like ministry through personal visits.

As volunteers, women in the church community offer support, mentoring, and friendship, through the joys and sorrows of the childrearing years. Although not counselors, the Elizabeth Ministers share their experiences and stories that will encourage other women and their families. An Elizabeth Minister will be a link with the broader Church community.

Elizabeth Ministry: Helping Moms Article

2 Responses to “Elizabeth Ministry”

  1. The other night I went to a moms night out at my church, and it was announced that the Elizabeth Ministry is our newest ministry! I am so excited that my parish has just begun this ministry! I cannot wait to get started and reach out to other moms who are experiencing things that I have in the past, and am currently. I think this is a great way to connect moms that otherwise would have not interacted with one another. This is a great ministry to build community, which is essential to us all! Check to see if your church has this ministry, if not, consider presenting it to them!

  2. michele zukowski said

    I would like more information on how to present this ministry to our parish.

    Thank you, May God Bless you Michele Zukowski

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