Moving is part of being a United Methodist Elder. We serve a connectional system in which the bishop seeks to match local congregations with pastors for the best fit to further the work of Jesus’ mission to make disciples. It’s both difficult and exciting. It’s hard to leave a church, a community of people you have come to know and love. At the same time, it’s exciting to meet new people and see how God is alive in their midst. Perhaps the most important thing is to leave well in order to begin well.
As I thought about how to say goodbye to North United Methodist Church, I immediately wondered about the best way to share my farewell wishes with children. I turned to my trusted source of all good things: Pinterest. I found a lot of good ideas but none that spoke directly to the relationship of being a pastor in ministry with children.
Thankfully, inspiration struck and the pieces began to come together from a variety of Pins and blog posts. I decided to give each child a personalized magnet with a poem adapted to a pastoral role. As I made the magnets, I thought about each child and prayed for him/her. It turned out the process of making these gifts was a balm for my soul as I said my goodbye and trusted their care to the pastor who will follow me.
Saying goodbye is always hard. It is especially hard when ministry has been good and love is shared. But when we remember goodbye is really a blessing of care, then the ritual can become a time to remember and bless one another.
Personalized Magnets with Poem
- picture of each child
- pen or thin marker
- magnet tape
- 1″ glass beads (commonly used in vases)
- print the poem onto card stock
- self sealing cello bags
- select a picture of each child
- place the large bead on the desired area of the picture
- trace around the bead
- cut out the bead shape
- use your finger to add modpodge to the back of the glass bead and attach it to the picture
- press firmly along the back and edges to remove air bubbles and ensure the picture is secure
- allow to dry
- add a small piece of magnet tape to the back
- put the magnet and a copy of the poem in a cello bag and seal it closed