Written by Rev. Jennifer Smith of Windsor, Nova Scotia

A youth group and a women’s group at Windsor Baptist Church in Nova Scotia joined forces one day last September to bless their local community businesses with cupcakes.

The local business area in Windsor is struggling like many other towns in the Maritimes, so the Senior Youth Group and the Women’s Missionary Society decided to combine their gifts and talents to show appreciation to those who are working hard to be part of our community.

The women’s group baked 225 cupcakes and brought them to the church where they joined with the teens to decorate the cupcakes with homemade icing and sprinkles.

The teens then separated into groups to deliver the cupcakes around town to all the businesses. Local business owners and employees were overjoyed receiving a homemade cupcake.

As one teen explained to a recipient, “If you are going to be blessed, a cupcake is a pretty yummy way to do so!”

Several months later, employees tell me they still remember this small act. The fact that nothing was asked for or expected from them and that a church in their own community recognized their efforts and wanted to show their appreciation has done wonders at building a relationship between the business community and the church.

This has had a continuous affect on another of our church’s ministries, a program for our local children on their half day in-services, which is now being blessed by involvement from our local businesses.

Many exciting things have come from this event including bonding relationships between the youth group and the women’s group. A relationship has been initiated between the church and the local business community, and our congregation has been encouraged into thinking of new ways to reach out to our community.