The KnitWits and Quilters at BPC have been meeting for many years. For the KnitWits, what began as a prayer shawl ministry to comfort those who were ill or experiencing loss or another difficult life circumstance has evolved over the past few years to include community outreach as well. Some of the organizations the KnitWits have worked with include Montgomery County Christmas Store, Blacksburg Cancer Center, Interfaith Childcare Center, To Our House, Women’s Resource Center, and Micah’s Closet. The group has knitted hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, lap robes, cowls, “knitted knockers”, bunny “buddies” for those baptized, and facecloth bundles for fund raising.
And it is a fun-loving group! One member stated, “I really enjoy our conversation, especially when we’re laughing and talking as fast as (or faster than) we’re knitting! And the best part is that we get to share something we’ve made with our hands with others in our congregation and the larger community.” Another commented, “I especially love those who gather, the opportunity to learn new skills, and the responses of those who are gifted with shawls and other items.”
The quilters were started after the building renovation was finished. One long time member says of the Quilters, “You can expect a wonderful fellowship of both BPC members and non-members who enjoy each other tremendously. We share, support each other, learn together and quilt.” The Quilters have served the church by making the banners in the Narthex, repairing other textile art in the church, providing art displays, and making and donating lovely gifts for the Advent Alternative Gift Fair for the past few years.
The KnitWits meet the 4th Monday of each month from 1-3pm in Westminster Library. The Quilters meet every Tuesday from 9:30am-2pm in the Fellowship Hall and pause at Noon to eat lunch together. All levels of ability are welcome in both groups!
Scripture Readings for February 24, 2019
7th Sunday After Epiphany
Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50