Hands to Hands, a group of ECLC knitters, began nearly nine years ago as a prayer shawl ministry with a mission to prayerfully create shawls that would be given to members of our Congregation in need of comfort and support. As time went on these shawls also found their way into the larger community, even as far as El Salvador. The staff regularly takes them on home or hospital visits; they are given to expectant parents, or anyone who comes through the door with worry or a concern. There is a rack of shawls in the sanctuary, which people (often children) use during service; and these shawls may be taken home or passed along to someone else in need.
Over time a few more ongoing projects have been added to the roster: knitting hats and scarves for Confirmands as part of their Confirmation ceremony; school color hats for college freshman; and annual contributions to the Southside Family Nurturing Center’s free holiday store. Sometimes special opportunities arise, such as an adult Baptism or a sister Church’s request for silent auction items. Hands to Hands is an informal group with no mandatory meetings and no time commitments. Individual knitters decide how much they can do and whether it is one hat per year or a prayer shawl, every item will fill a need. Members are kept up to date by email. Once a month we schedule a gathering at Church between services for some knitting, show and tell, help getting started or solving a problem. We have a yarn stash, needles, and basic patterns for anyone to use.
Hands to Hands is always delighted to welcome more knitters to the group! If you enjoy knitting (or crocheting) and would like to lend your talent to any one of our projects, please get in touch. If you haven’t knit for years or are an inexperienced knitter, we can help you get started. We are also planning a “learn-to-knit” workshop later in the year. For more information or to join our email list please contact Deborah O.