CRAFT Corner'��s Kay Robinson said the Duncraig group was not only a place to develop skills, but also lasting friendships.
“It is a very vibrant, friendly and welcoming group managed by a small team of women from the Concordia Church membership as well as the community,” Mrs Robinson said.
“Between 50 and 60 women attend regularly; some even travel a considerable distance from the eastern and southern suburbs.
“For some who enjoy coming it is virtually a lifeline, they are otherwise lonely, or shut in at home no longer able to drive. Through Craft Corner they have made lasting friendships and some go together on other outings.”
Mrs Robinson said the group began in the late ’80s after the Concordia Lutheran Church opened and was dedicated. “Over the years we have laughed and cried together, celebrating a wedding or birth of children or grandchildren, or mourning the unexpected and tragic death of a teenage child,” she said.
“Pastoral care is available including home and hospital visitation to members, during sickness or times of personal loss or crises.”
Mrs Robinson said some of the crafts taught included mosaics, knitting and crochet, card-making, beading, jewellery making, fabric painting, calligraphy, sewing and floral art.
“Each term a new program is scheduled and a variety of crafts offered,” she said.
“The teachers offer their time, skills, and experience on a voluntary basis, keeping costs to a minimum.
“On occasions, we invite guest demonstrators to showcase a new craft or technique.”
Mrs Robinson said the group supported a number of charities through the weekly fees and fundraising, as well as with practical items such as rugs and blankets for Wheelchairs for Kids and the PMH Neonatal Ward, and caps and berets for cancer patients.
“Craft Corner is evidence that when a group of caring, generous women band together, amazing results can be achieved, and huge personal growth and satisfaction are the side benefits,” she said.
She said they now had vacancies and encouraged people to inquire through the Concordia Lutheran Church office by calling 9246 3376, Tuesday to Friday, between 9am-1pm.
All ages are welcome to attend the Tuesday morning sessions, and people are asked to pay a weekly $2 fee for materials for classes and charities.