Outreach is an important ministry of Fellowship United Methodist Church, and its Creative Christian Woman program is a vital branch.
Although their good works can be seen yearlong, their latest venture is the 5th Annual Craft Fair that will be held Saturday, with proceeds going to many area causes such as to buy yarn for quilts and other projects.
The day will feature more than 40 area vendors and a bake sale, with a $1 donation per person going to the Roanoke Food Pantry. The event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church at 101 Trophy Club Drive.
Katie Simpson, along with fellow Creative Christian Woman members Judy Johnson and Lisa Morey, said Saturday’s fair is their biggest fundraiser of the year.
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“As we craft, we enjoy each other’s company in Christian fellowship and care for one another,” Simpson said.
Creative Christian Women is the church’s women’s ministry that uses crafting skills to support outreach projects that include working with veterans, chemo patients, the homeless, seniors and local food pantries, among other endeavors.
“We knit, crochet, make jewelry, paint, quilt and do many other craft-type projects,” Simpson said. “We make a difference in the community.”
The group began a few years ago as a “little group of quilters” that started getting together, Simpson said. An occasional quilt, such as a baptismal one to be given free to the family, grew to “bigger and bigger” projects, mostly centering on church needs.
In 2011, this “good group of women” made a “strategic decision to focus on outreach,” Simpson said.
Their earlier projects included taking plastic bags and crocheting mats for the homeless. Other endeavors included making 40-inch-by-40-inch knitted and crocheted afghans for the Dallas VA Medical Center.
One poignant moment this year was when members, including several women who were breast cancer survivors, took afghans to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.
“Our women knew from personal experience that you can get cold during chemo,” Simpson said. “One woman said she was scared and they were able to offer reassurance.”
The camaraderie had a comforting effect.
“The smiles on their faces were just incredible,” Simpson said.
This year has already been a busy one for the church’s outreach programs. On March 14, church members in a wheelchair ramp ministry built a ramp for a veteran’s widow. Cost of materials for a ramp is about $500 and their target is installing four ramps annually.
Another project underway is tote bags to take to their mission partners in Panama. They also have done tote bags, pillowcases and adult bibs for people in hospice.
“We’re always on the lookout for something,” Simpson said.
CCW meets every Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in room 110 of the church. Not able to make it on Mondays? You can join the virtual CCW and make your crafts at home and bring them to church on Sunday. All ages are welcome.
Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367
A list of some CCW 2014 outreach ministries:
▪ Lapghans (small afghans): 40 for veterans
▪ Prayer shawls: 13 for chemo patients; 15 to Texas Oncology-Grapevine
▪ Prayer shawls, pillowcases and adult bibs: Donated to Community Hospice of Texas
▪ Dresses: 40 for girls in Panama
▪ Handmade quilts: Quilts and blankets for an adult and eight infant/child baptisms
▪ Roanoke Food Pantry: Donated more than $200
▪ Girls’ dresses and hats: Donated to Roanoke Food Pantry for Easter
▪ Habitat for Humanity: Donated $300; sold 50 church magnets with proceeds going to a build
▪ Senior Center: Provided food monthly for a luncheon