Sisters in Christ
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
~ Matthew 28:16-20 RSV
When the Ladies at St. Peter’s UMC started the daytime Bible Study Group, Christ’s Crafters, in 1992; their desire was to serve the Lord through studying the Bible, lifting joys and concerns in prayer, and reaching out and serving those in need. Now known as Sisters in Christ, we continue to do all of these. By doing so, we develop a closer relationship with Christ and a deeper Christ-like love for each other, a true sisterhood.
During our school year meetings in 2015, Sisters in Christ continued the study of “Twelve Ordinary Men”, a book written by John MacArthur that brought us face to face with the disciples as we’ve never seen them before. We walked in their shoes and learned to understand their doubts and hopes. We learned to imagine what Christ has in store for us since He accomplished His purposes through the lives of common men like these!
Beginning with our school year meetings in 2016, we began the study of “Twelve Extraordinary Women”, a book also written by John MacArthur. “Celebrated for their courage, vision, hospitality, and spiritual giftedness, it’s no wonder women were so important to God’s plan revealed in the Old and New Testaments. It wasn’t their natural qualities that made these women extraordinary but the power of the one true God whom they worshipped and served.” We are seeing their “struggles and temptations are the same trials faced by all believers in all ages. And the God to whom they were so committed is the same God who continues to mold and use ordinary people today.”
Our members who are blessed with the talent of knitting and/or crocheting will continue making Prayer Shawls, Lap Robes, and Chemo Caps on their own time as an outreach to ailing church members, family, and friends. We will also continue donating these items to the Raab Clinic, Crystal Bluffs, Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, and other facilities.
Members of the church support our outreach to the homeless in the area by donating plastic bags which are cut into strips and crocheted into sleep mats by Sisters in Christ members, Youth Group members, and anyone in the church who wishes to participate. The mats are being donated to individuals who will give them to the homeless.
Easter and Thanksgiving keepsakes and Christmas ornaments will be made as a group effort during meetings. Before Easter and Thanksgiving, members of Sisters in Christ will deliver the keepsakes to the homebound and others. Christmas ornaments are given to the children in the Children’s Christmas Program. If you are handy at cutting ribbon, tying bows, using glue, and stamping; among other things, you can help in making these crafts. If you prefer, you can join the conversation and fellowship while watching the others in this labor of love.
During November over the past two years, Sisters in Christ has supported a local group by providing signed Christmas cards and our heartfelt thanks to service members. Our signed cards, as well as those from various groups, were delivered to the four NC Veterans Homes in Salisbury, Fayetteville, Kinston, and Asheville in 2015. We look forward to supporting this wonderful ministry and this group’s efforts each year.
Beginning in January 2016, Sisters in Christ organized a monthly collection to support Operation Christmas Child. Church members have been asked to donate specific groups of items each month to fill shoeboxes and we will be filling the boxes and sending them off in November.
If you are interested in being a part of a Bible Study Group, having Christian fellowship with other ladies, and sharing joys and concerns in prayer; please join us on Tuesday mornings during the school year. We gather in the kitchen between 9 and 9:30 a.m. for fellowship with coffee and refreshments before beginning our study and meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. You’ll be glad you did and so will we, the current members of Sisters in Christ! All ladies are welcome!