Befriender Ministry

Blood Drive

American Red Cross Blood Drive was just completed during the first week in December.  Watch this space for the next drive.  Thank you for donating the gift of life!  

Befriender Ministry

These trained church volunteer Befrienders are assigned to members of the congregation who may be lonely, need added support, or may be home bound. A Befriender visit is made each month in a home or nursing home setting.

A Befriender is someone who:

 

  • Listens with compassion

  • Accepts people as they are

  • Respects another’s spiritual journey

  • Embodies the caring presence of God

 

Holy Communion is provided upon request the 1st Sunday of each month and is brought by a Befriender companion.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The simple act of knitting or crocheting has allowed people to witness to God’s mysterious love in a very tangible and concrete form as these shawls are given to those going through difficult life challenges. They are woven with prayers for God’s love and healing in people’s lives; their bodies, minds, and spirits. The Prayer Shawl is given to members of the congregation on the visitations by the parish nurse.

Knitters and crocheters are always wanted. Yarn can be provided. 

 

Knitting into the Mystery of God: 

Begin with a prayer asking that God’s love be woven into the yarn in your hands and that those who would receive the shawls might know God’s comforting and healing presence. Continue to weave your prayers as you knit. 

Supplies

 

 

Directions

 

  • Cast on 54, 57, 60, or 63 stitches, or multiple of three.

  • Knit 3, pearl 3 to the end of the row.

  • Knit the purl and purl the knit.

  • A weave pattern will develop. Knit about 2 2/3 skein and use the rest of the yarn for fringe if you desire. 

Grief Support Ministry

We seek to express sympathy and concern, and to provide support for the members of St. John's following the death of a close family member. Volunteers will send  "Thinking of You" type cards prior to major holidays and on the one-year anniversary of the death. The support will cover the first year following the death of a close family member. Information regarding local support groups, relevant reading material, or counseling will be available upon request.

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