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How to begin a prom clothing ministry


Having a ministry in your church that offers free prom clothes to high school juniors and seniors, is a wonderful way to support the youth in your community. If this is something you and your church would like to explore, you do not have to go it alone. 

Fern Truschke Stuart has learned a great deal in her 11 years as coordinator of Prom Boutique at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and is eager to share her experience. She knows the joy this ministry brings and wants to spread it so students everywhere can make prom memories.

Truschke Stuart has written a handbook to help others begin successful prom clothing ministries in their churches. You can receive it by contacting the Prom Boutique at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church

Here are just a handful of things she asks you to consider in the handbook:

  1. Recruit volunteers who will help you with tasks such as publicity, shopping, receiving donations, sorting, and alterations if you wish to offer them.
  2. Collect prom and bridesmaid dresses, of all sizes from churches, businesses, and even by posting a “Wanted” ad on Craig’s List (the booklet contains a sample ad).
  3. Find dress racks, mirrors, hangers, and steamers.
  4. Think through setting up dressing rooms.

And that is just in the first several months.

The handbook contains advice and a timeline for every aspect of getting ready for your first giveaway. 

It is a big job, but with the guidance of the Prom Boutique, you will have the help you need to begin this wonderful ministry and see it succeed year after year.

Contact the Prom Boutique to get your handbook and get started.