Last Supper knitting project

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undefinedThe idea for this project by the parish of St Cross in Knutsford was inspired by the 2014 retreat led by the Revd Magdalen Smith, Associate Priest at Wilmslow. The retreat was based on Magdalen's book Steel Angels: The Personal Qualities of a Priest' (due to be published 19 June by SPCK, priced 10.99 or cheaper via Amazon).

One of the sessions was on unlocking creativity in congregations and expressing the gospel more creatively.

The invitation to knit a depiction of The Last Supper resulted in a group of twelve ladies coming together. They were aged from twelve to over 80. Some were experienced knitters while others were complete novices. The group met each Monday in Lent and knitted the disciples, the food, plates and chalices.

They were encouraged by a completed example loaned by Norma Povey of St John’s church, High Legh. Norma also provided lots of practical tips.

Everyone on the group helped and encouraged each other and by the beginning of Holy Week it was all completed in time to be a focal point for the Maundy Thursday Eucharist. "While each figure in itself was lovely, when they were all put together, on a table made by a creative husband of one of the knitters, the result was impressive," said the Revd Trish Cope, Curate at St Cross.

During their knitting sessions the team learned more about the Passover meal, the characters and actions of the disciples and the symbolism of the event. They read from all four gospel accounts, listened to reflections, meditated on Sieger Koder’s painting The Last Supper’ and prayed together.

Everyone enjoyed it so much that they are going to continue to meet (though less frequently) to continue to enjoy crafts, explore their faith and get to know each other and God more closely.

The knitting team is pictured above with their creation