You can hear the chatter in the church yard before you enter the hall to join the Little Sutton Craft Group. It can get very noisy! The group has grown in numbers since 2010, with forty members – including a 96-year-old – and an average weekly attendance of 25-30. It has become an exciting and worthwhile community group which includes people from other churches or from none, all of whom have got involved in church events like the Christmas Fair. Our church members are excited by how this group has grown and we are there for them to share their problems with us.
We knit blankets, clothes and toys for Health Help International in Zambia and India (www.hhi.org) and we are kept up-to-date with where everything goes by Chris Byrne, one of their volunteers who also collects the knitting.
We knit or crochet blankets and hats for the Neonatal Department and hats for all babies at the Maternity unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital, We send blankets, hats, mittens and scarves to The Ark in Birkenhead, and hats, mittens and scarves for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, and Chernobyl Children’s Life Line and Street Pastors. We have also supported Roydon Rotary Club with neonatal items for Gambia.
We receive knitting and crochet from St. John’s Church, Great Sutton, various Community Centres from Ellesmere Port, Jessop Court, Hollymere and people from the Bingo Hall, along with members and friends of our own congregation. We thank them all for their contributions. We seem to have become a collecting point for people who can’t get to our meetings and who love to knit or crochet. One housebound lady has found her Parkinson’s has improved by knitting. How amazing.
There is also a personal and pastoral side to what we do. Three of our members received beautiful prayer shawls during 2015. Prayer shawls are made all over the world and given to people who are sick, or just need some warmth and love while going through difficult times. – Marion Collens