[this description shared by one of the In Stitches leaders]
In Stitches began in 2005 as a ChristCare group (“small group” arm of Stephen Ministry) and is now a circle of the MWPC** Presbyterian Women. We are called to live out Christ’s love for one another and those in need through prayer and action. Our action is creating items for others by knitting, crocheting or sewing.
Experienced knitters and crocheters are always welcome, and we teach these crafts to those who are interested. We meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings in Beran Parlor from 7-8:30 PM. If there is a 5th Thursday, the group goes out to eat.
Our absolutes are:
- Show and Tell at the beginning of each meeting
- Prayer at the end of each meeting
- NO food – we don’t need the calories or the sticky fingers
Some historical and on-going projects include:
- sweaters for the Guideposts Magazine Knit for Kids project
- prayer shawls and pocket prayer shawls for those in need of comfort and caring during difficult times
- helmet liners for those in the military
- baby caps and blankets for preemies and newborns at local hospitals
- hats and scarves for those who serve on ships through the Episcopal Church’s Seamen’s Institute
- hats and mittens for children in inner city schools
If there is any constant to the years since starting In-Stitches, it’s the loaves and fishes theme – we have an idea, or hear of a need, and over time it mushrooms. Some “loaves and fishes” examples are
The list of In-Stitches participants has grown to about two dozen who have remained in Cincinnati all these years, and probably that many more who have moved away from the area or the church.
**MWPC is Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio