The thing about doing essential oil classes at church is that it is important not to put emphasis on the business. I believe church is not the time or place for business transactions. It is fine to teach about how aromatic oils are mentioned and used in the Bible and to explain how to safely use essential oils. Teaching a class will establish you as an expert so people will come to you later for advice and sales.
This past summer I did a class for the church’s women’s ministry. I used a PowerPoint slide show, and I didn’t invite people to smell the oil samples until the end of the presentation. Everybody was alert and attentive! No one nodded off!
For the table decorations I collected a bunch of quilting fabric -fat quarters- and arranged them in the center of the tables, then arranged candles, e.o. bottles, dried herbs, incense sticks and other stuff, all kind of randomly placed in the center of the tables. (I really wanted to post some photos but that didn’t work out.)
I tried to keep the presentation simple, focusing on the very basic introductory information. Until I started telling about my personal e.o. story and got all emotional and weepy. Then I remembered my mother was there and I didn’t want to cause her to relive old pain, so I got back on track.
Our church has a policy about doing business sales there so I couldn’t sell my books. I did bring 3 copies to show and some one wanted to know how much they cost. The next thing I knew my books were gone and I had $30 in my pocket! OOPS!
All in all it went really well and people enjoyed it.