Stitchers of Blessings

Stitchers of Blessings, the prayer shawl ministry of Living Faith, is now twelve years old. When Our Savior’s first gathered together in 2006 and Atonement in 2007, none of us could have anticipated how far reaching our ministry would be or how much we would be blessed in return.

In this time, we have given over 1200 shawls to people who are experiencing life altering events such as on-going medical procedures, other illnesses, surgery, loss of a loved Stitchers of Blessings one, loneliness. Sometimes we make a shawl with a specific person in mind; most times we don’t know who the recipient will be. We pray as we create. They are a gift from the whole congregation, as stated in the card that accompanies each shawl:

We hope that when you wrap this shawl around you,  you will feel surrounded and warmed by the love of God and this congregation and the knowledge that you are not alone.”

We also give shawls to celebrate joyous events such as births, milestone birthdays and anniversaries, weddings, and graduations. We regularly give shawls to Ascension All Saints and Advocate Aurora Hospitals.

There has been an ever-widening circle of giving as we have expanded our ministry providing hats, mittens and scarves to HALO, Knapp School, Toys for Tots, Women’s’ Resource Center, The Hospitality Center and The FaithWorks Food Pantry. We have made over 2,000 warm articles of clothing.

In 2018, we were able to send baby blankets, hats and sweaters to the Mt. Meru Tumaini Clinic in Tanzania, as they opened their new birthing center. We also make baby blankets for our own baptismal baskets, and hundreds of pocket prayers shawls.

2018 marks theStitchers of Blessingsfourth year of making facecloths to wrap around bars of soap to give as Christmas gifts to guests at the FaithWorks Food Pantry. We have given over 500 each year. We have been joined in this project by Faithbridge Church in Racine and Franksville.

We recently began our Bosom Buddy project which provides knitted breast prostheses for survivors of breast cancer.

More than thirty five women have participated in our ministry, some working at home and others coming to the meetings on the first and third Tuesdays in the Community Room. The fellowship we share and the bond of friendship that has been strengthened has been a blessing to all the participants.

We are grateful for yarn that has been gifted to us, for the financial support from Our Savior’s Foundation, congregation members, and Thrivent Action grants which have allowed us to continue to buy yarn and supplies.

The Stitchers of Blessings meet the first and third Tuesdays of every month, from 9am - 11am, in the Living Faith Community Room. 

Stitchers of Blessings

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