Women’s Ministry

“A friend loves at all times ... ” (Proverbs 17:17, ESV)

Take advantage of IPC's Women’s Ministry programs. There are craft events in the fall and spring, the Christmas Café in December, the Spring Café in April, the Solitude Retreat in May, and the summer retreat. The relationships we form are so important—we don’t walk this journey alone, so please join us.

One of our favorite things to see when at Women’s Ministry events is women interacting with each other. It’s wonderful to see friends greet each other. And first-time attendees are warmly welcomed. We are excited to see how God will work in this coming year to develop and deepen relationships through Women’s Ministry. Join us and see God work!

Women's Bible Study  |  Have Stitches, Will Travel (Knitting Team)   |  Hearts, Hands and Hope (Blanket Ministry)


Event

Women’s Contemplative Retreat
May 19–21
Serra Retreat Center, Malibu

Desiring some unhurried time away with the Lord for rest and reflection, or  seeking a chance to share deeper fellowship with other women? Get away to the lovely gardens and peaceful setting of Serra Retreat Center in Malibu with other IPC women and friends.

Along with opportunities of solitude with our Lord, there will be Scripture reading, worship, prayer and sharing, as well as joyful conversation and delicious meals together.

The cost is $170 for six meals and a shared room. Partial scholarships available. A $50 deposit, or full payment, would be appreciated by April 9. There is space for twenty women, so please let us know your interest soon.

Registration forms are available on the patio and in the church office. For more information, or to sign up, contact Jo Anne Norlin or Barbara Robison.


Women's Bible Studies

Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Psalms: Finding the Way of Prayer and Praise
Wednesdays, Feb. 8–Mar. 29, 9–11:15 am
Youth Lounge
Cost: $15

The Psalms teach God’s people how to praise and pray. This quarter we’ll do an intensive study of just five all-time greats, but we’ll also be developing tools that can be used on any psalm. We’ll look carefully into each of our texts, relishing the poetic language and the shape of each psalm as well as its meaning in its original form and context. Together we’ll discover the beautiful truth that, when we study the Psalms deeply, they connect us deeply and on many levels to the Lord God who made us and loves us and saves us through his Son.

Registration is available on the patio. Childcare will be available with prior notice.

For more information, email irvinepreswbs@gmail.com.


Have Stitches, Will Travel (Knitting Team)

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1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 1–3 pm
Meets September through June

Contacts: Suzanne Kameya or Mimi Laue

We are the knitting, crocheting, and sewing ministry of IPC created to meet people's needs in the name and service of Jesus Christ. Whether you prefer to work on smaller items like hats and scarves, or the larger items like prayer shawls or lap blankets, we welcome your participation. When you are knitting or crocheting for one of our mission projects, we can provide yarn to you free of charge. We also offer free crochet hooks suitable for making the smaller items. Completed articles are donated to children and adults in need, from near to far. From beginners to experts, or somewhere in-between, all are welcome! Many of our regular knitters or crocheters are excellent and patient teachers if you want to learn.

We offer two work options:

Meet together on the church campus |  We meet every Monday in the Fireside Alcove from 1-3 pm (September–June). July and August we meet only on the first Monday of the month. We take time during our regular gathering to pray over completed items on the first Monday of each month. We pray for the person who will ultimately receive our gift. We pray for Christ's gift of salvation to grace that person's life and for the Lord to draw the person near in comfort and compassion. Even if you only have an hour to spare, or can only make it once or twice a month, you are welcome to join us. No need to RSVP. Just come and join the fun.

Work at home at your own pace  |  We will share our supply of yarn with you to work at home, at your own pace. Recognizing that not everyone is available to meet on Monday afternoons, we've arranged it so that you can still be part of our ministry! Also, some people prefer to knit, crochet or sew when they are waiting at a doctor's appointment, as part of their evening routine, or while watching television. If you are one of these people, we still welcome you to be a part of Have Stitches Will Travel!

How to Make a Prayer Shawl

IMPORTANT: Please only use Lion Brand Homespun Yarn. This is the best yarn for this purpose because of its wonderful softness.

Knitting Instructions

  • Begin with three skeins of Lion Brand Homespun Yarn.
  • Use #11 or #13 needles, making a loose weave.
  • Pray for the future recipient as you knit. Begin by casting on 54, 57, 60 or 63 stitches. Garter stitch. If you prefer a pattern, knit 3 purl 3 to the end of the row. Turn and knit the purl and purl the knit. If you have 57 or 63 stitches, it works out that you will begin every row with a knit. Before you begin the third skein, set aside the yarn you will need for the fringe for both ends. Cut your fringe pieces in 11-inch lengths to tie onto both ends of the shawl. Finished length of fringe will be 5 inches. Shawls should measure between 24–26 inches wide and 60-plus inches long (finish the yarn on your last skein.)

Crocheting Instructions

  • Begin with four skeins of Lion Brand Homespun Yarn using Crochet Hook N; or, three skeins with Crochet Hook P. Pray for the future recipient as you crochet. 
  • Chain 56 with N; or Chain 50 with P. Single crochet or do a pattern of your choice. Crochet Hook N makes a heavier shawl. Set aside the yarn for fringe before starting last skein. Cut your fringe pieces in 11-inch lengths to tie onto both ends of the shawl. Finished length of fringe will be 5 inches. Shawls should measure 22–25 inches wide and 60-plus inches long (finish the yarn on your last skein.)

Written Prayers Accompany Prayer Shawls

To each prayer shawl, attach a prayer card and/or a message from the maker. We can provide you with these prayer cards to attach. If you are an at-home worker, make sure you bring your completed shawls to us to pray over on the first Monday of the month.


Hearts, Hands and Hope (Blanket Ministry) 

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We make baby blankets for needy children. These blankets are made of two pieces of flannel sewn together and then volunteers crochet around the outside edge. All materials are supplied. 

These blankets are great to work on while traveling, sitting at sporting events, or watching TV on your time.  We have sent blankets to Mexico, Japan, Africa, Haiti, also to Women’s Shelters, and to the Foster Children program. There are many ways to help—a little or a lot! 

If you sew, crochet, or would like to learn how to do either, you can be a part of this ministry.  

Contact Talene Stone to participate.

 
 
 

UPCOMING EVENT

Women’s Contemplative Retreat
May 19–21
Serra Retreat Center, Malibu

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