‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ Mark 28-31, NRSV
Gathering together in small groups to create beautiful objects of use to others provides not only social connection, but missional outreach as well. Whether making and sending a card, creating a quilt, knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl, providing care gifts to parents of newborns, or fixing and delivering meals for those in need, these ministries connect us with God, each other, and our neighbors.
Each of these four groups focusses on using our specific gifts to make a difference in the lives of others:
Elizabeth Ministries is an outreach at First United Methodist Church. Parents new to parenting are given support by receiving a gift pack for each newborn which includes a parenting book, a homemade quilt made by the Piecemakers and items of care. A gift of a meal or more as needed is given by volunteers who offer this ministry. Those parents that would appreciate being journeyed with are being given the opportunity as they share their parenting lives with parishioners around them. Contact Cheryl Printz at (262) 542-4256.
Piecemakers uses donated fabric to create quilts for babies born to church members and for the Christmas Clearing Council, a non-profit organization for needy families of Waukesha County. Anyone who can iron or sew a straight seam is welcome. The quilts made by this group are extraordinarily beautiful. This ministry calls anyone with a desire to explore the world of quilting in the comfort of a supportive group. You do not need to be a member of this church to join. Contact: Mary Crown at (262) 541-0883 for more information.
Yarn Twisters connect their passion for knitting with their call to ministry in the world. In spring 2013, the group sent 50 baby hats to Froedert Hospital Neonatal ICU, 20 baby hats to Waukesha Hospital Birthing Center, 25 lap robes to Neurology Unit at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 23 prayer shawls to Angel Grace and Allay Hospices, plus our prayer shawls are always available in the Asbury Room. In the fall 2014, Yarn Twisters knit scarves for the Salvation Army, The Hope Center, and the Emergency Response Shelter.
Yarn Twisters also teaches knitting and crocheting to anyone who wants to learn. We have members who come from the community as well as our own church family. Contact Joyce Collins at 262-446-9343 for more information.