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.

March 2017 Update >   The winter months have been busy for God's Handiwork. We made:

Baby blankets, lap blankets and baby hats for Samaritan Hospital – thank you Kathy for delivering them for us.

Chemo caps for cancer treatment center for St. Mary's Hospital – thank you Pam for delivering them for us.

Scarves, hats & mittens for Joseph’s House – thank you Ann for delivering them for us.

Prayer shawls & pocket prayer shawls have been presented to many people.

This past month I had given a pocket prayer shawl to a friend that I work with and that created a chain reaction and she has since given many of them out to people who have told her of their own struggles. We have extended our reach to several hours away from here by just a simple act of reaching out to help someone in need. While searching for ideas online I came across this new wording for the meaning of the pocket prayer shawls which I am going to use with ours.

- Pocket Prayer Shawl –

A little hug from God to carry you through your day.

May the presence of someone praying for you bring comforting

hope, peace and safe harbor found in each prayerful stitch

created especially for you.

What a nice way to think about it. Everyone likes a hug right? The pocket prayer shawls are available at the back of the sanctuary in baskets please take one and give it to someone you know who might need a hug from God.

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