53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Event:**ON-SITE** Praying with Hearts and Hands Knitting & Crocheting Retreat
Date:September 16th-18th, 2022.


Praying with Hearts and Hands, Knitting and Crocheting Retreat

Friday - Sunday, September 16-18, 2022. 

Cost: $330, includes private room and meals.

This is a joy filled weekend, where we share in the care of God’s people by using the gifts of our hands to knit or crochet sacred prayer shawls. Our prayers and blessings are woven into the shawls as our hands work to fashion them. Shawls are then given to people for comfort, healing, or in celebration. A bonding of some established prayer shawl ministries, with people who love to knit/crochet, and with people who are looking for a way to use their crafty talents to give a “Hug from God” to someone in need is an awesome outcome of the weekend.

A basic knowledge of knitting or crocheting is required.

A list of required materials will be sent upon registration.



Facilitated by: 

Connie Bartelson has many varied experiences as facilitator of Prayer Shawl knitting groups throughout Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, Since 2010. Besides being the coordinator of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. John's Church in Worcester, MA, she oversees the hat, scarf, and mitten drive for the homeless at St. Francis Food for the Poor Center.  She is a retired high school math teacher, mother of 3 and grandmother of 6.

Jayne Romanek has been a behind the scenes assistant of the Praying With Hearts and Hands weekends in Maine and New Hampshire since 2010. She is the “go to” person for crocheting, an art her grandmother taught her at 10 years old. Jayne has crocheted about 30 sample shawls for participants to see before they start a new pattern. She is a retired school paraprofessional, mother of 2, grandmother of 4, and great grandmother of 4! 

Janet Young has been our tech expert creating our handouts and flyers. She is an officer manager of a medical supply company. She has 2 children and 2 grandsons that she adores. Janet loves baseball, football, supercross, photography, the beach and traveling!

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Is this your first program at Genesis?

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*Type Of Registration Desired:


Medically oriented dietary or mobility needs?


*Semi-private room requests, please call 413-562-3627

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We cannot create knowledge without acting. The focus of this action is (a) to transform the world, (b) to establish interdependent relationships with human beings, with the cosmos and with God.
— Paulo Friere