I first discovered the joy of knitting through a pastoral care encounter. There was a recently widowed member of my congregation who insisted that she did not need me to come visit her to talk about her husband’s death. She would, however, be willing to teach me how to crochet. We began to get together and as she taught me how to crochet, the conversation would turn to her feelings about her loss. Eventually, I became “hooked” on crocheting and then taught myself how to knit. Since then, I have knitted many different things, accompanied by many different people. So, as you can guess, knitting is never far from my mind.
Earlier this year, I was privileged to be asked to serve on the Planning Team for the 2014 Southern Province Synod. The night after our first meeting, I was struck by a middle-of-the-night inspiration. I could combine my love of knitting with my Synod planning work!
I had seen a pattern for knitted heart shaped bowls and I realized that they would be perfect to give to each delegate at Synod, filled with candy as a reminder that we are knitted together in the love of Christ. Furthermore, I believed that most delegates at Synod may need a bit of chocolate to fuel their work at Synod. And, at a much deeper level, we all need to be reminded of the last phrase of our motto—“In All things Love.”
Loving our sisters and brothers in Christ is easy when we all agree but the reality is that when someone doesn’t share the same passion, we might lose sight of the most important thing that knits us together—Christ’s unconditional love. So my prayer is that more than the sweet taste of chocolate or the beauty of something knit just for you, that every time a delegate reaches for a chocolate or catches a glimpse of their heart they will be reminded that all that we do and all that we say needs to be done in love.
Middle-of-the-night visions often seem a little less achievable with the light of day—and this idea had several challenges. First the pattern was a paid one from a designer in U.K.—when I emailed her she graciously said I could share the pattern with anyone for this purpose. The second challenge I thought was having the Synod Planning Team approve the concept—yet again that challenge was met. The last challenge was figuring out how to have about 250 of these hearts made! So now we need people to help knit these 250 hearts—would you be willing to help?
If your answer is yes, please email me (Kelly Moore) at firstname.lastname@example.org, call me at Fries Moravian 336.722.2847, or drop by Knit One Smock Too (if you are in the Winston-Salem area), and you can have the pattern sent to you electronically or as a hard copy. The pattern is a relatively easy one, even though it may seem daunting at first glance.
I’m happy to help with any questions on the knitting or the felting process and if you are concerned about the felting I’m more than willing to do that. Check out our Facebook group—Love Knits Us Together.
I am also going to host a heart-knitting class at Fries Memorial Moravian on October 19 at 10 a.m. Once you have a completed heart we invite you to use the blessing that will be available in the next month or so and have them blessed in your home congregation. After they are blessed, you can send them directly to me at 271 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. If you are in the Winston-Salem area, drop them off at the Southern Province PEC offices or at Knit One Smock Too.
On behalf of the Synod Planning Committee I want to thank you for sharing your time and talent. It is my prayer that as you knit the hearts that you would be reminded that you are a beloved child of God. Happy knitting!
Kelly Huckle Moore is co-pastor of Fries Memorial Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.