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Read, mark, learn, and digest. And then knit

21 June 2013

EVERYONE knows that there are some good yarns in the Bible - but who would have thought that someone could knit them? A selection of some of the most familiar Bible stories, told in the form of knitted figures, goes on show next week at St Mary's, Richmond, in North Yorkshire.

The 33 scenes, which range from the Garden of Eden to the Last Supper, have been knitted over the past five years by members of St George's United Reformed Church, Hartlepool, in Co. Durham.

The Minister of St George's, the Revd Val Towler, said: "When we started knitting at the end of February 2008, we were only intending to create the scene of the Last Supper, but enthusiasm and imagination combined to make us much more ambitious.

"Our hope is that, in depicting some of the best-known stories in the Bible, everyone who sees them will be able to understand and enjoy them, and may discover some detail that they had forgotten or never noticed before, while learning more about God and his love for this world and its people.

"The project has involved most of our own congregation, as well as friends from other churches and places, who have knitted, sewn, constructed scenery and props, made donations of materials, taken photographs, made videos, and produced a 'Knitted Bible' booklet. None of it would have been possible without their help and support, for which I am extremely grateful."

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