In 2000, I was taking classes at the Agape Spiritual Center to become a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner. During our last semester we were asked to develop a ministry. My classmates were so wonderful, they were creating ministries like: The Peace Ministry, Hunger Ministry, and Homeless Ministry…but being the jokester that I can be.
I blurted out, “I am creating the Fun Ministry,” cause the same God that made serious made FUN! So it became a little side joke that Valerie was creating the Fun Ministry.
Over the years friends and family would let me know of a special event they were having, I would send out an email and 15-20 additional people would show u.p. It became so regular that at one event my brother jokingly said, “Oh Valerie’s trying to start her Fun Ministry on the low!” Really I was just networking and supporting my friend’s events… Later I thought… why not? I‘m doing it anyway.
So I started working on the concept of the Fun Ministry. I spoke an SBA mentor who advised me that the name sounded too much like a religious club. Considering this was not the case I changed the name to Sankofa Fun Club.
Sankofa literally translated means it’s not taboo to go back and fetch what you have forgotten. As adults we have forgotten to have fun. It continues to be put on the back burner. Fun has become a guilty pleasure.
I love to laugh. I love to have fun, and what I began to notice was that most of us are so serious my soul hurts. So I figured we needed a vehicle.
I love to entertain, theme parties are my favorite. I have over 30 years of Food Service, Catering and Event Planning experience. So I know the mechanics of a good party.
Don’t worry! I have not thrown in the towel on The Fun Ministry. The plans are in the works for The Fun Ministry Non Profit organization, where we expose individuals and families to experiences they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience, if not for the Fun Ministry. Stay Tuned…But in the meantime…Reclaim your Right to have Fun!