Thread ‘n Yarn Ministries Extend God’s Love (2/19/17)

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in EventReport, Knitting Ministries, Ministry: Community & Church | 1 comment

Colorful Ministry on Display

When we arrived in church on Sunday February 19, the altar rail was draped with a huge collection of beautifully knitted, crocheted and quilted items.  Over 75 of them were laid on the altar so that we could lay hands on them in prayer.  These items are used to extend God’s love, through PUMC, through blankets and shawls, to those who are in need.

Each item was lovingly created over the last 6 months by the Hooks ‘n Needles ministry and the Scrappy Quilters of PUMC. Some were donated by a quilting friend and some by the Martha Circle.  This dedication of the items has been happening around Valentine’s Day and again in September. It is estimated over 150 items are created and distributed each year!


Two “Thread ‘n Yarn” Ministries

Two separate groups are busy turning yarn and thread into gifts of love…


Hooks ‘n Needles…

The gifted women of Hooks ‘n Needles Ministry use their skills to create baby blankets, baby hats, preemie hats, afghans, baptism blankets and prayer shawls.

With loving care, they minister to people who recently had a baby or are sad, hurting, lonely, sick or otherwise need a “hug from God” plus reassurance there are people who really care and are praying for them. This wonderful ministry has grown from 5 to 17 members in just a couple years!



Hooks n’ Needles meets each Monday (year round) at the church from 1-3 PM.  Besides knitting, we fellowship, study Bible verses, share patterns, and create and pray over each item as it’s completed.

You don’t have to be at the church to participate!  Several people stay at home and contribute items.


Scrappy Quilters…

Hooks ‘n Needles creates items that wrap people in the warmth of yarn.  But our other group, the “Scrappy Quilters” churns out warmth in the form of quilted blankets.

Scrappy Quilters meet on the second Saturday of each month from 9 am – Noon.  Their quilts help displaced and abused women.   They also supply items to the groups shown below.



How Far Can Yarn Reach???

Why are we making all of these blankets, prayer shawls, cancer hats, and other cool (sorry- WARM) stuff? 

As needed, we donate our items to places such as the following:

New Jersey Veteran’s Memorial Home

Veterans are often among the most forgotten, while being among the most deserving of our thanks and care.  The Veterans Home in Vineland NJ is home to 300 residents who are in various levels of need. 

Our blankets and shawls help to show that somebody cares…

Cornerstone Womens Resource Center

The Cornerstone Center in Bridgeton NJ provides Christian guidance and life affirming health services to young women who are pregnant.  One of the services they provide is their “Baby Boutique”; a supply of baby care items. 

Our blankets wrap babies and young mothers with God’s affirming love and support…

Center for Family Services in Gloucester County

Families are the backbone of God’s nurturing love for children, but families are also under a lot of stress.  Drug addiction,  domestic violence, and broken marriages, pull children int a cycle of violence, trauma, and poverty.  The Center for Family Services seeks to break that cycle by helping them work through their difficulties.

In Gloucester County, their offices and support centers are located in Glassboro, Woodbury, and Williamstown. 

Our blankets show families in need that God cares and that there is hope…

Local Hospitals

Our area is blessed with nearby hospitals in Woodbury, Washington Township, Vineland, and Elmer.  Some of their rooms are used to welcome the joy-filled arrival of a newborn.  To those families, we give baby hats. 

Other rooms mark an illness which is bringing a loved one closer to death’s door.  God’s love impels us to reach out and help, and our prayer shawls show that someone cares. 

Our yarn brings a touch of love and comfort into the hospital room…

Robin’s Nest

It’s tough being a kid.  It’s nearly impossible when you’ve been abused or orphaned by a broken family.  Robins Nest (located in Glassboro), comes along side children from broken families to provide the nurturing environment they need. 

Our Blankets show youth and young adults that God hasn’t given up on them… 

Redbird Mission

An illness or tough times can drive any family into poverty.  Jesus commanded us to clothe the naked and feed the hungry.  Within the United Methodist Church, the Redbird Conference in Kentucky is doing just that.  In one of the most impoverished regions of the country, the Redbird Mission supports needy families with material, educational, and spiritual help.

PUMC has supported Redbird in many ways over the years.  Click this link to learn more about Redbird.

Our gifts of hats and scarfs show that God provides for our needs…



Hugs within Our Church Family…

The blankets, shawls, and other items help glue our own church family together….

Baptism…   Members and friends of our congregation plus babies who are baptized at our church also receive the pieces. Each creation is tagged with a label that reads, “Made with love and prayers by the Pitman United Methodist Church” and is accompanied by a gift card that includes uplifting Bible verses and well wishes.

Pitman Manor…   As an outreach ministry, the women recently started going to the UMC Manor at Pitman on most Wednesdays to teach their skills and share their enthusiasm with residents and staff members.


Become one of the Huggers!

New members and visitors are always welcome to join the group on Mondays when they create and fellowship! Don’t worry if you don’t know how to knit or crochet – they will teach you! They even have yarn to get you started and easy patterns to follow! 

Hooks ‘n Needles is always thankful for donations of yarn and gently-used crochet hooks and knitting needles. Monetary donations help go toward bags, cards and labels for distribution. If you aren’t sure what to give, don’t hesitate to ask!

We also need your help in reaching anyone who would benefit from this ministry. If you know of someone with a need or if you have a question please contact Sue Simmons (or the church office).


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For more info about our Thread and Yarn Ministries click this button:  Thread ‘n Yarn  






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  1. kim

    Chuck, this is awesome. Thank you.

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