In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants create an item to use for a ministry of presence. The polar fleece blankets created in this activity are perfect as gifts for people who are ill or in the hospital, in need of loving support, or simply beloved and far away.
Invite each participant to choose two pieces of same-size polar fleece in a color/pattern combination that pleases them. Give these directions:
1. Lay one piece on top of the other so they matches up exactly.
2. Use a yardstick or ruler and a washable marker to draw a line about 5" in from the edge of the top piece of fabric, on all four sides. How far in the line is will determine how long the fringe on your blanket is. Each person can choose the length of their fringe, but the finished blanket will probably look best if the length is the same on all four sides.
3. Make cuts from the edge of the fabric to the line. Space your cuts about an inch apart to create fringe. It is fine to make the cuts wider. The blanket will look best if they are spaced evenly apart.
4. Tie each piece of fringe on the top piece of fabric to its counterpart piece on the fabric below. As you go around all four sides, the two pieces of fabric will be attached together. Tie each knot double, to make sure it will stay. Continue all the way around, until every strip of fringe is tied to its counterpart.
Demonstrate, assist, and repeat instructions as needed.
While participants are working, invite them to decide how they might use these blankets to create a ministry of presence. Suggest they may give their blanket to someone who needs the gift of presence. Prompt reflection with questions such as:
Distribute small squares of fabric, and permanent markers. Invite participants to create a tag for their blanket, by writing their name and drawing a chalice symbol on the small square of fabric and attaching the small square to the blanket with a safety pin. Explain that the tag will tell the recipient the source of this present of presence.
Be ready to modify the activity to accommodate participants' various levels of dexterity and patience. Some may wish to make a one-sheet blanket, and cut fringe but not tie it. Others may benefit from assistance with cutting and tying.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
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