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Seamen's Knit 4 Lent initiative to serve mariners working in Gulf Coast

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[Seamen's Church Institute] Episcopal knitters and groups across the country are invited to include "Knit 4 Lent" as part of their Lenten discipline. The Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) is hoping to gather 4,000 of the very popular hand-knit or crocheted hats in the 40 days of Lent for mariners working in the Gulf Coast during Christmas 2008.

Last year, SCI's Christmas at Sea and Christmas on the River distributed a record 17,651 handmade gifts to mariners working lonely waters on Christmas Day.

"Knitters can pray with their hands as they make these Christmas gifts and become a partner in SCI's ministry of hospitality," said the Rev. David Rider, SCI's executive director. "They will help us share God's love at his Incarnation as they contemplate his death and Resurrection during Lent."

Veteran Episcopal knitters are already responding. Sandy Goodwin from Grace Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, wrote: "I am very excited about your Knit 4 Lent program. We have had several mission groups to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Katrina, so people would love to participate."

Further information about SCI is available here.

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