HANDCRAFT MINISTRY

All Are Welcome >   The slogan for the God's Handiwork ministry is "Reaching others with the gifts God has given to us". Do you knit or crochet or sew? Would you enjoy making items to bless others? Then you are invited to find those knitting needles, crochet hooks or thread and join in the fun! If you aren't interested in making items but want to help with purchase of materials, donations to the Church for this ministry are gratefully received.

December 2018 Update >   Thank you to all who worked on Tiny Hats for Tiny Heads Campaign this year we were able to make 315 in just a month. Great job everyone ... the hats are on their way to Africa and will provide warmth for tiny babies.

The pocket prayer shawls continue to bless more and more people in times of sadness. The shootings and tragedies that have been happening are so heart breaking. I feel that if we can provide some hope and comfort in these situations we are helping to heal them. Sometimes our prayers are all we can offer but that is the most important message to give to anyone that God is still in charge in this world. We have reached out to Tree of Life Synagogue & Amsterdam Limo crash victims' families as well as hundreds of others during the past few months. Please remember that God puts people in our paths every day that could use a hug from God. Pocket prayer shawls are available in baskets located in the back of the sanctuary each week. Feel free to take as many as you need to give to others that you encounter during the week.

Please consider helping us reach out to those who need our care and prayers. If you need any patterns or yarn please let me know before Sunday and I will have the supplies for you.

Marybeth Wheelock

Prayer Shawls >   In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS. Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl.

Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!

From 2005 to 2015 we have given out 680 shawls. They have been given to our families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and many people that we do not know. The shjawls have made journeys to places all over the world. When some recipients die, they are buried with their shawl.

(*The shawls can also be crocheted, quilted, woven or machine knitted as well!)

Links

Guideposts Knit for Kids

Project Linus

Warm Up America