1. Mug Rugs: Lent, especially Holy Week, your priest is pushed to their limits. Multiple services in a day and week means writing multiple unique sermons. Not to mention all the other administrative things they do on top of that already on a daily basis. During the few moments of down time they have, maybe while they are frantically trying to come up with Holy Saturday’s sermon, or perhaps when the final service is finally over and cleaned up after, wouldn’t it be nice for them to have something handmade for them to put a cup of coffee (or tea, like one of my priests!) and a snack on?
2. Coasters: I didn’t realize how much priests host other people, but one of the first, if not the first lesson any intern at our parish learns, is how to manage the coffee maker. Instead of having their guests put their mugs, cups, or glasses on the wooden desk and possibly mar it, why not provide a set of homemade coasters for your priest to have on hand.
3. Gift cards: If you’re not that crafty, why not a gift card? One to a local restaurant they can use in the weeks after, perhaps with their family or other priests.
4. Books: One of the best connections I had with one of our priests was when I lent her a book I really enjoyed. It was a fictionalized account of Katarina von Bora’s life (Martin Luther’s wife), and I knew she would love reading it.
5. Your time: I cannot stress how much any church relies on volunteers. I personally help out with the class of the littlest children once a week, but if you aren’t a kid type of person, there is always somewhere else they need help. If you are detail oriented and love your quiet time, try the altar guild and help get the altar ready for all of those beautiful services. Or volunteer as a lay Eucharistic visitor and visit the members of the parish who can’t make it to church.