Even though it is raining today, the last few days have been beautiful and have held the promise of warmer days! Unfortunately, I have been a bit ill during this time (which explains the lack of posts), but now that I am well on the way to recovery, it’s back to social media outreach!
The most exciting upcoming activity that the Daughters at St. Mary’s have planned recently is coming up this Sunday, May 18th. Together with Fr. Peter, we are organizing St. Agnes’ Day at the church. St. Agnes’ House is a hospitality ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington which provides “a home away from home” for those with loved ones undergoing treatment in Lexington. As a part of the day, the Daughters are organizing a special coffee hour/lunch so that as many people as possible can participate in making blankets for the visitors at St. Agnes’ House. These blankets are our gifts to them, and they can take the blankets home with them even after they leave Lexington. We thank all of the members of St. Mary’s who have already so generously donated the fleece that we will be using to make these blankets, and we can’t wait to work with you to turn this fleece into a loving, finished product!
You may be wondering how you can help make the blankets. Surely it involves sewing, and maybe you have not touched a needle in years (or ever!). Never fear – these are no-sew blankets, and if you cut with scissors and tie a knot, you can help make these comfy, cute blankets. There are many pdfs online that can show you how to accomplish this, but we will be stationing a Daughter at each blanket table to get you started in addition to providing you with instructions.
Prior to taking the blankets to Lexington at the end of this month, the Daughters will be taking the blankets up to the altar to be prayed over prior to the gifting. Indeed, prior to the workers setting their hands to the task, we will be saying this prayer for St. Agnes’ House together:
O God of all life, whose presence is always with us; Receive our gratitude for Saint Agnes’ House, a place for sanctuary, and shelter, a home away from home, for people who come during difficult and uncertain times in their lives. Nourish and sustain this ministry and give your gifts of wisdom, courage and hope to all who serve with their time, talent, treasure and prayer. May all who enter the doors of Saint Agnes’ House be blessed by the gift of hospitality and by your peace.
In your Holy Name we pray.
We look forward to working and praying with you this Sunday!