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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is an inspiring movement of people who gather to pray and knit or crochet for those in need. The ministry’s sole purpose is to give away the shawls they create -- shawls they hope will literally wrap recipients in prayer. For more information about prayer shawls, search the term 'prayer shawl' on the Internet, visit www.shawlministry.com or click here for an overview of crafting as a spiritual movement

Handmade for the Holidays: Putting a Trend to Good Use


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Contact: Jacqueline Sargent, 310-704-8097, wjacquies@adelphia.net

Handmade for the Holidays
Taking a Trend and Putting it to Good Use

Torrance, California

Jacqueline Sargent, a lifetime South Bay resident, learned to crochet this year and wanted to somehow blend her new hobby with service. She came up with the idea of creating the Saint Anne’s Ministry (Saint Anne is the patron saint of crocheters and knitters) at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Torrance, CA. This ministry would crochet or knit items that would be of use to the community surrounding Saint Andrew’s.

In October of 2004, the members of the parish took on crocheting and knitting scarves for the homeless and low-income guests who attend the monthly Loaves and Fishes free lunch held at Saint Andrew’s on the third Saturday of each month. Experienced crocheters and knitters made scarves and beginners learned to crochet and knit. Parishioners even took this project outside of the church, into their workplace and into their friends and families, to give others the opportunity to be of service and to learn a new skill.

On December 5, 2004; 73 scarves were collected and blessed. More scarves are still coming in. On December 18, 2004; these scarves will be distributed to the Loaves and Fishes guests as Christmas gifts.

Jacqueline created the Saint Anne’s Ministry project while participating in a Landmark Education leadership program. Part of the coursework was to create a project that benefits the community (www.landmarkeducation.com).

“The homeless and disadvantaged usually have access to used clothing but rarely to new articles of clothing. These new scarves not only are made by hand but also carry the love of the people who made them.”

The Saint Anne’s Ministry is a crocheting and knitting outreach ministry of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Torrance, California. For more information, call (310) 328-3781 or e-mail sangcath@earthlink.net.
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