Take a look at your Bible Study group.
Everyone sits around a table or in a group setting. Bibles are open and pens are poised forÂ note taking. Some will say very little, fearful of sounding unintelligent. Others willingly share theirÂ knowledge and ideas. But the focus is the Lord.
Now take a look at the knitting or crochet group. Everyone sits around, project in hand, withÂ conversation and laughter around. The ease of the setting makes it easy to talk and share.
Letâ€™s combine the two. Take the ease and comfort from the knitting/crochet group setting and add theÂ conversation guidelines of the Bible Study which is to be focused on the Lord. While the others areÂ working on projects, one person reads the lesson and scripture. Discussion questions are stated.
With the relaxed atmosphere and needles in hand, a sense of sharing instead of studying prevails. For many having the project in hand makes it more comfortable to join in. Insights are made with in-depth discussionsÂ into how the Word has affected the lives of those involved.
That is a â€œKnit and Crochet Bible Studyâ€.
A few guidelines are stated up front.
- All conversation must be God honoring. This is not a â€œstitch and bitchâ€ session. MadÂ at your husband? No demeaning words can be said. Male bashing will not be allowed.
- You must be respectful.
- Prayer requests are confidential. They are not to be discussed outside the group. TheyÂ are not to be forwarded with email.
- Prayer requests must not be something that would be harmful information aboutÂ another. Every family has secrets. Honor those secrets. Seek counsel from your pastor or on a one-on-one basis.
- Respect each othersâ€™ views. Donâ€™t argue the gospel. Donâ€™t speculate. Use Godâ€™s Word to resolve any question.
- There is only one gospel, but when it comes to knitting and crochet, there are many techniques.
- Just because someone doesnâ€™t do the stitch or hold the yarn the same way you doÂ doesnâ€™t make them wrong. Work together without criticism of needlework abilities.
With that that in mind, grab your Bible and your needles and/or your hooks; letâ€™s get started.