It’s time to start knitting and crocheting hats and scarves for the Ministry on the River and Gulf.

What is the MOR+G? It’s an outreach that offers pastoral counseling, support and fellowship to the thousands of professional mariners at work on board towboats, offshore vessels, harbor tugs, buoy tenders and dredges on the Ohio and Mississippi River systems, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico. Through this program, the Seamen’s Church Institute offers the only network of pastoral care available on the American inland waterways, and it operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program includes boat visits, counseling services, fellowship and collecting and distributing gifts at Christmas. And that’s where we come in.

For several years now, the knitters and crocheters of St. Stephen’s have been making handmade scarves and hats that can be given out by the MOR+G. If you can manage simple stitches—or want to learn—your efforts can provide a spot of warmth and caring for someone working on a cold boat far from home. Deby will take the hats and scarves we create to Diocesan Convention in April and deliver them to the Chaplain of the MOR+G.

Need yarn? Instructions? Ask Deby Veach or Joan Bonner. Click here for especially appropriate scarf and hat patterns or here for more information about this ministry.