ALLOUEZ — Amy Mott of Elizabeth Ministry International sees a missing demographic in the church’s outreach: single people.
Women and men, single, never married, divorced, widowed, are all members of the church and need support and validation, she said.
“During my single years, I realized there weren’t many resources to learn about single life,” said Mott, who was recently married at age 35. “I found a few Christian books, but not Catholic. These resources helped immensely.”
“We feel we are alone, often, when we are singles,” said Mott, who serves as coordinator of faith formation and youth ministry at St. John the Baptist Parish in Howard. “Parishes try to help, but it can end up being a dating thing.”
To that end, she is starting “Beautiful by Grace,” a Catholic single women’s ministry.
She explained that the ministry “focuses on walking with single women in the joys and challenges of their lives, providing resources, community and prayer.” She also wants to reach out to single men, but feels a call to first reach out to single women to let them know that “single life has dignity, value and worth and purpose.”
Elizabeth Ministry will host an overnight retreat for single women Jan. 5 and 6 at its International Retreat Center, 120 W. 8th St., Kaukauna. There will be plenty of food and sharing of faith experiences.
Mott told The Compass that single people often ask, “‘Where is my place in the church?’ Discernment is huge,” she said. “We feel we are alone, often, when we are singles.”
According to Mott, the goals of the new group are to:
- Help in the discernment process;
- Be there in this time of life;
- Walk with them where they are at;
- Offer prayer support; and
- Help single women — and men — feel validated.
“I want to really help them as they journey through life, wherever they are,” said Mott.
For more information on the retreat or to get involved with “Beautiful By Grace,” contact Mott at [email protected]. Registration for the Jan. 5-6 retreat is due by Dec. 30.