Future Christian Homemakers

The girls are seated. From L to R: Anna Forest, Alexis Ellis, Jessica Witting, Anna Stallard, Grace Carter, Emily Thompson & Bethany Alton.The adults, standing, from L to R: Carla Forest, Lillian Johnson, Neida Darley, Donna Wittig, Donna Stallard, Christina Carter, Laurie Latour, Lynda Thompson, Connie Alton, and Linda Finley.

Laurie Latour
Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Future Christian Homemakers meets one Saturday afternoon a month during the school year. Each month, the girls do a cooking or sewing lesson, and we also learn homemaking skills - everything from doing laundry to how to dust and vacuum! This past year, the girls, ages 9-13 were from two churches in Jacksonville, Florida. For one of their sewing lessons, they made decorative pillow covers for special pillows given to children in foster care. This year they've also hand-painted a quilt block, baked yeast bread and blueberry muffins, made oven-fried chicken, cooked hamburger meals, learned to write a menu and grocery list and more! Each class also includes a Bible verse and devotional.

At the end of every school year we host a "special event." This year we decided to host a Mother-Daughter Tea Party. The girls were asked what they would like to do for this event. They all wanted to make "doll" cakes to serve along with the tea.

The girls came at 1:00 p.m. and during the first few hours we decorated the three cakes for the party, chose the china for each place setting from a selection of antique china, polished silver, set the table, made the placecards as well as a silk flower decoration for each placesetting.

At 4:00 the mothers came and we were ready for tea! We had a really wonderful afternoon! The menu was kept quite simple: cake and tea. I bought assorted fruit flavored herb teas which everyone enjoyed (regular tea was also available). Since we had 17 people, I heated water in an electric teakettle and poured that into clean coffee carafes, which I kept warm by leaving the coffee maker on. I borrowed two more coffee makers from our church. Electric teakettles heat 10 cups of water in just a few minutes - such help when heating water for a large group. We needed about 40 cups of hot water!

At the end of the tea each girl was recognized with a personalized Certificate of Achievement complete with teacup stickers from Sandy Clough's new scrapbook collection. Each girl also received a china teacup and a special teaspoon. One of the volunteers, Mrs. Finley, made a flavored tea mix and put that in a bag with the recipe for each girl. They now had everything they needed to go home and have their own special tea!

We took pictures of our "special event" and now have special memories of our Mother Daughter Tea Party!

For more information about FCH, contact Laurie Latour at fch@ifriendly.com or call 904-270-0187. There is a Future Christian Homemakers' Handbook - a 220 page book complete with all the lessons from the classes.

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