Busy Hands

Busy Hands meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 pm, usually.  We meet at St. Paul’s and bring what we are working on.  However, one does not have to come to the meetings to be a part of this group.  There are three main projects that this group has undertaken.  We knit or crochet Prayer Shawls for members and friends.  We knit scarves and hats for the Seaman’s Mission.  And, we knit 8″ squares that are turned into lap robes.

At this point,we have an over abundance of 8″ squares that need to be joined together for lap robes.  This is where we need help.

Click here for the directions for the scarves and hats needed by the Seaman’s Mission.  Those directions are also available on the hall bulletin board.

There is yarn available in the cabinets in the Boy Scout Room.

Our special thanks to all who have donated yarn!  We welcome all to join our group.

About the Prayer Shawl Ministry

Origin:  There are several stories told about how and where this ministry began, but I like to think that God inspired various knitters around the country to put their skills to a program that reaches out to give solace and comfort to those in need.

At St. Paul’s, two of us had friends in different parts of North Carolina that told us about their projects to knit shawls.  Both of us became interested enough to start knitting and planning on how to get others in our community to do the same.  We met for the first time at the Fresh Start Fair one September and shared our enthusiasm for this ministry…and so it began here.  Lynn Deshere and I (Jenny Pedersen) introduced the program to the Women of the ELCA and the Busy Hands women.

Without a doubt, there is a need in our community for comforting the sick, the bereaved, the lonely and the depressed.  But we also want to celebrate the happy experiences in our lives such as a wedding, a momentous birthday, the birth of a child/grandchild, etc.

What better way to comfort or to celebrate than to wrap an individual in a loving shawl knit with prayers and blessings?  It’s like a hug that says with you!

We welcome any folks who would like to join us in knitting/crocheting or giving us the name of a person who “needs” a shawl.

– Jenny Pedersen

Oh Jesus Christ, who healed the broken in body and spirit,
be with all who suffer this day.
Be with doctors, nurses, technicians, and everyone who cares
for the sick.
May your gentle yet strong healing touch reach out to heal
the broken and hurting people in our world.
Watch over all the people who wear our prayer shawls and
may it encircle them with our love.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.

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