Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-05-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
Renoah
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Renoah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: roaming the world with Sarah Jane
Posts: 125
Thanks: 5
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Church knitting ministries: advice?
I'm hoping to start a knitting (and crocheting and other fiber arts) ministry at my church. I'd like us not to make only prayer shawls but warm things for the homeless people in our church as well as things for other groups in the church.

I've never done anything like this before (I'm usually a behind-the-scenes sort of gal) and I'm wondering: Does anyone else have a such a group in their church? Been the one to start a group? I'm seeking advice (or warnings!) about what to expect and what to plan for from anyone with experience. (Besides advice to pray very, very, very hard. I've got that covered already. )
__________________
"There is no such thing as an ordinary human." -The Doctor
The UnSTABLE Knitter
Renoah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2007, 10:04 AM   #2
larudden
Knitting the Flap
 
larudden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 469
Thanks: 137
Thanked 75 Times in 57 Posts
You know, I've been wanting to do the same thing. I belonged to a church that had a knitting ministry. After one of the services, people would meet "under the tree" for fellowship and there was always a representative from this ministry there. She would have a table with signups, patterns and donated yarn.

There was always a message in the bulletin asking for donated yarn. When you signed up to knit a blanket, you would receive all the yarn you needed plus a pattern. Of course, you could always do your own thing but this was a great way to get someone started. The group met each week at the church to knit and fellowship.

I think that if you just put the word out and maybe set a time to meet, God will do the rest. Find patterns that work up quickly. Maybe you could even do a knit along where, at each meeting, the blankets would be exchanged and members would add on.

There are so many possibilities. Start simple. Invite some knitters into your home or maybe in your church hall (if you have one! we meet at a school). Talk together about your vision, share ideas. In no time, I bet you'll be going strong.

I can't wait to hear about your progress.
__________________
Blessings, Leslie
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
www.leslierudden.com
larudden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2007, 06:14 PM   #3
Ladybug Lady
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Ladybug Lady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 200
Thanks: 139
Thanked 38 Times in 31 Posts
I am in the process of organizing a knitting/crochet ministry at my church. There are so many diferent charities to knit for, but we've decided to start by supporting ministries our church already has. (The church is quite large, with many established ministries.) Right now, we are going to support our Pro-Life ministry. They put together baskets of supplies for mom's of newborns in need. We'll be knitting baby hats, booties and blankets. If we get enough ambitious folks, they can knit blankets on their own. But I'm also going to accept 6 x 6 inch squares to make patchwork blankets in crib sizes. My idea is that, if someone is just learning, the squares are an easy first step. Then they can move on to hats, etc., as their skills progress. Also, if there's anyone out there who actually MAKES gauge swatches, it's easy enough to make them 6 x 6 and then donate them.

The head of the Pro-Life ministry suggested that baby things not be made of animal fibers because some newborns may be sensitive or allregic to them. They also asked that if at all possible, things be machine washable and dryable. Since most donated yarn is acrylic (or so far it has been), this works out well.

The other ministry we'll be supporting is our homeless outreach. We'll be knitting hats, gloves, and scarves that they can distribute.

If we get a large, productive group organized, we may knit lapghans for folks in nursing homes and/or helmet liners for the troops, but we're trying to keep the focus small until we get all of our ducks in a row.

We're putting a message in the church bulletin that there will be an "interest meeting" after one of the services. I'm going to pass out a simple form to get the names and numbers of those interested, and have them indicate how often they'd like to meet and what time and day works best for them, and we'll go from there.

So, that's how we're getting it going. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's actually done it before. Any advice on what to expect, pitfalls to avoid, etc, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!
__________________
~~Elizabeth~~

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed." ~ Booker T. Washington


WAGE PEACE!!

"Be the change that you want to see in the world." ~Mohandas Gandhi

"Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." ~Jesus
Ladybug Lady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2007, 08:48 PM   #4
lady59
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Hi
you can check thee web for prayer shawls they have lapgans for men that are really great alternative to the shawls
lady59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2007, 02:47 AM   #5
PeattieWa
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Oak Harbor Wa.
Posts: 118
Thanks: 150
Thanked 86 Times in 64 Posts
Send a message via AIM to PeattieWa
We have a group at our church called Heart and Hand. We meet once a month to fellowship and work on our handwork. Some of us knit while others crochet and some also make baptismal banners for the church. We work on hats, sweaters, blankets etc. that are donated to charities in our area and worldwide including the Duhlaan Project and Afghans for Afghans. We have a great time in fellowship and are able to complete these items in the meantime.
PeattieWa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2007, 08:13 AM   #6
Debbie
Working the Gusset
 
Debbie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,250
Thanks: 175
Thanked 234 Times in 198 Posts
Here are some fun Knitting Bible Studies ...
http://synodresourcecenter.org/ywm/w...a/bible_study/

I have written short Bible lessons for my Kid's Knit group
example ... frog ... knitting lesson and FROG (fully rely on God) ... I would be happy to share
__________________
Debbie

I am DebbieKnits on Ravelery
Debbie is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Debbie For This Useful Post:
bobi1218 (07-16-2007), redheadrachel (08-18-2007), Renoah (07-14-2007), yiayiabryant (09-08-2007)
Old 07-14-2007, 08:00 PM   #7
Renoah
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Renoah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: roaming the world with Sarah Jane
Posts: 125
Thanks: 5
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Debbie, those Bible study resources are really nice! I've been spending more time planning the lessons than working out the logistics of the meetings...

One thing our church has been focusing on of late is intergenerational ministry. I had thought perhaps our knitting group could be open to younger knitters, maybe as young as elementary school, so I would be interested in the lessons you use with your young knitters, if you're willing to share.
__________________
"There is no such thing as an ordinary human." -The Doctor
The UnSTABLE Knitter
Renoah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2007, 07:50 AM   #8
bobi1218
1st Leg of the Journey
 
bobi1218's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Columbia, MD
Posts: 243
Thanks: 26
Thanked 20 Times in 20 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to bobi1218
Debbie, thank you for those Bible Studies - those are great! I've been toying with a knitting ministry for our church too. Officially, there is a prayer shawl ministry, but I don't think its active at the moment, and there's nothing to teach new knitters. I like the idea of an intergenerational ministry, too.

I'm mostly worried about time constraints right now. I'm concerned that weekly meetings may become too much of a burden, but monthly won't be often enough to form a sense of 'community', KWIM? Anyway, I'm probably a year or two away from being ready to commit to starting something like this, maybe when my kiddos are a bit older and aren't demanding quite so much of my time. But I like thinking about it, and planning it
__________________
Robyn

bobi1218 on Ravelry
bobi1218 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 12:42 PM   #9
Debbie
Working the Gusset
 
Debbie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,250
Thanks: 175
Thanked 234 Times in 198 Posts
Renoah ... just back from a weekend trip, PM me your email address and I will send you the Kids Knit stuff!!
__________________
Debbie

I am DebbieKnits on Ravelery
Debbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2007, 11:42 AM   #10
salos
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 74
Thanks: 23
Thanked 15 Times in 13 Posts
I wish I could join some of you ladies at your groups. It sounds fun!
salos is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to start a church knitting chapter... nanabanana General Knitting 9 07-02-2008 11:46 AM
l've knitted Church Mice & Scarves pam12 What'cha Knittin'? 7 02-14-2008 01:43 PM
Member of Church Missing AussieYank The Lounge 22 08-20-2007 09:51 PM
Our church was robbed this weekend. msoebel The Lounge 13 08-18-2007 02:42 AM
do you ever knit at church or other places of worship? aineepooh1 General Knitting 28 08-20-2006 11:09 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:39 PM.