St Pancras Knitters & Knit A Square
St Pancras Knitters normally meet in the church café area but during 2020 this had to be put on hold due to the Coronavirus. However, this has not stopped us from clicking away merrily at home to continue supporting Knit a Square (KAS). The aim of KAS is to raise awareness and help to the orphaned and vulnerable 'Street Children' in South Africa by sending knitted squares for blankets, beanie hats and hand warmers to provide warmth and love'. Several members of the congregation, and the wider community, faithfully provide squares and regularly give towards postage. Others also occasionally provide donations of wool. Squares are also collected from a few folk who are housebound.
By October 2020 we had sent 570 blankets amounting to 19,950 squares! This includes 68 blankets (2,380 squares) since ‘Lockdown!’
St Pancras' support for KAS is headed up by Trish Gribble, who has raised awareness of this project through talks including Peverell Methodist Church afternoon group, The Guildhall and Mainstone Community Groups. As a result, members of the St Boniface 'Knit and Chat' group now pass in squares along with postage for us to send on to KAS.
This project also provides value and purpose for those who are housebound, lonely or in need of some social interaction. As a result some now attend church services and other church events. We pray regularly as individuals for the children and periodically pray together as a group when we meet.
We are totally self funded and thank the Lord regularly for continued support. Every member pays £1 per week, which goes towards postage plus the knitters donate loose change which is sent to cover charges as KAS in South Africa have to pay to RECEIVE our parcels!! Thank you to all who support us in one way or another - please know that your support is very much valued and appreciated.