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Role Models With Needles

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By Ingrid Andrews, Director of the Early Childhood Development Center

knittingA couple of weeks ago, I started leading a knitting group open to all interested community members, knitting for fellowship and charity, with knitters at all levels welcome.

We had a wonderful response, with 10 knitters at our first meeting, and all had a great time knitting, relaxing, chatting and making a difference. One unexpected result was brought to light the other day when one of our knitters went to get her knitting from her car to show me and to get some help. As she walked through the kindergarteners on their way to Chapel, her daughter said, “That’s my mom. She’s learning to knit, but she’s not very good at it yet.” It hadn’t occurred to us what a great family lesson taking up a new hobby could be: modeling that some things take practice and persistence. Come learn with us and be a role model for your children.

This group meets in the Preschool multipurpose room on Monday mornings, to “Knit for Christmas.” This is an outreach of the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) of New York and New Jersey. I became aware of this organization when I visited the Seamen’s Church Institute booth at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this summer in Anaheim. The Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey, located at 241 Water Street, NYC (affiliated with the Episcopal Church) was founded in 1834 and serves mariners through education, pastoral care, and legal advocacy. Since the Spanish American War, knitters from across the country have provided hand-made knitted and crocheted gifts, symbols of love and hospitality to mariners far from home on Christmas Day.

Come join us on Monday mornings in the preschool!

For more information about knitting together each Monday morning in the Preschool 8–10 a.m., contact Ingrid Andrews, at iandrews@smes.org.

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