Organized Chaos

20 01 2010

If you peeked into the Ministry Out Reach room at Rock church on a Tuesday night, you might get a bit scared! Chatter about recipes, patterns, web pages and sewing projects fill the room as skeins of yarn get made into useful articles of clothing. The group keeps getting bigger and the ideas are just getting better each time we meet. To the untrained onlooker, I am sure we look like a hen party, just a-yakking and a-crafting but there is much more than meets the eye going on in this room. Ministry is happening inside the seeming chaos. These creative women are reaching out in love to those in need of warm clothes, accessories, encouraging words in greeting cards, baby clothes and healing prayer shawls. Some of us are making things to share with family members and friends. We are as different as night and day and yet there is a common thread that runs through all of us. We like to make things and we like to have fun while we are doing it.

Last night, we had two more women join the group and you would have thought we have all been crafting together for years. The laughter and the camaraderie is as healing and encouraging as the crafting. There is no pressure to HAVE to be there each week, or even to HAVE to be there for the whole two hours since we can complete our crafts on our own time at home as well as work on them when we meet.

Some members forgot to bring their projects with them last night but they still came to share ideas and work on a different craft for the evening. One of our members was having a pretty horrible day but she pushed herself to come anyway and ended up laughing… a lot… and learning more about her craft. A couple of women came in about a half hour after we started last night and didn’t seem to miss a beat. We even had a visitor pop in to chat with someone. I love the freedom we have.

At the end of the night we had six scarves and three hats ( the fruit of two weeks of labor) ready to be given to the Soap Box closet. One prayer shawl will get mailed out next week to my sister Barbara. She has breast cancer and will have a mastectomy on Thursday. We prayed over all the items and we prayed for protection and rapid healing for Barbara.

I am so blessed to be part of this group of amazing women. Thank you all for what you bring to the group each week.


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21 01 2010
Rachel Rowell

Ok, so you’re making this sound so fun it’s making ME (who is so far from crafty and creative in that way it’s not even funny) want to join in. 😉 More than how fun it sounds, I LOVE what your group is doing. Ministry can be done in so many different ways and this is yet another avenue for it. I know God is pleased as he watches his girls get together, laugh, and encourage each other all while ministering to others.

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21 01 2010
candress

Thank you Rachel. Your creativity is fine just the way you are. Anytime you want to bring your keyboard and your beautiful voice to sing to us, feel free.

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1 02 2010
Rachel Rowell

Don’t tempt me!! 😉

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1 02 2010
candress

You just name the Tuesday night sister. Maybe we can tempt you with chocolate. Works for me most of the time.

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