The Little Kneeler That Could

The book, written by Marilyn Bloch, a member of Christ Church XP in Montgomery, AL and of the church’s’ St. Claire Guild, was inspired by the needlepoint kneelers in the church.

The then current kneelers in the church had suffered moth damage, and the guild wanted to find a way to offset some of the cost of the repairs.    At a guild meeting, one of the members suggested Marilyn (an English teacher for 32 years) write a book to sell, and call it “The Little Kneeler that Could.”  She initially took the suggestion lightheartedly, but that evening Marilyn went home and began writing.  She wanted the book to be for both children and adults so that both would understand the importance of prayer as well as the significance of the different crosses sewn on the kneelers. 

At Christ Church XP there are approximately 30 people who needlepoint, and to date they have stitched 297 needlepoint kneelers of their goal of 500.

Since the kneeler repairs have been paid for, all of proceeds of the book go back into the church.  If you would like to purchase a book you can email  The cost for each book is $15 plus shipping. 

More about the book can be found on their Facebook page:

Catch the Spark! Exponential Planting Conference registration underway!

The Titus Institute for Church Planting and Multiplication invites you to join your Anglican brothers and sisters and thousands of other church planting leaders for four days of inspiration, encouragement and equipping at the Exponential East 2015 church planting conference in Tampa April 27-30, 2015.

The theme for this year’s conference is SPARK: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication (inspired by St. Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Tim. 1: 6-7). This is the largest gathering of church planting leaders in the world, and features more than 100 speakers, 125 workshops, and nine focused-interest tracks. See the complete list of speakers and topics here

Titus is once again partnering with Exponential to provide a terrific deal on the registration costs. Register at the discounted rate of $189 and $59 for spouses.  (These rates represent tremendous savings over the current registration prices of $249 and $99 for spouses, and will increase as the conference date nears.) The 2014 conference sold out months before the event; don’t delay.

There is also a unique opportunity for all Anglican church planters and leaders to gather for prayer and planning in the midst of this national conference. Exponential has invited the Titus Institute to offer a bonus session prior to the beginning of the main conference.  Canon Tom Herrick, Canon Dan Alger, and Dr. Winfield Bevins will present a workshop titled “Church Multiplication in Sacramental and Liturgical Traditions” Monday, April 27, from 1-5 p.m. There will also be time provided that evening for participants to brainstorm and strategize next steps together to foster the ACNA’s call to plant 1000 churches. This Bonus Session is free, when you register for any Pre-Conference Lab for an additional $59.

“Titus is thrilled to support the passionate commitment of the Anglican Church in North America to the work of church planting in North America by offering the bonus session and these special rates,” notes Dr. Tom Herrick, executive director of Titus. “It’s been impressive to see the number of Anglican participants increase at Exponential over the past nine years. Our representation has grown immensely since our little group of seven attended the first event nearly a decade ago!”

Register for the conference here

Titus has also secured a block of discounted accommodations for attendees via AFC Travel. The conference rate at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tampa is $119/night and includes hot breakfast and wifi. Please contact Sara at AFC Travel to book rooms by calling 952-886-7624 or emailing Hotel reservations must be received by March 24; any reservations received after that date will be requested based on availability only.

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Archbishop’s Ash Wednesday Message

For those of us who will gather in churches around North America and receive the imposition of ashes as a sign of our repentance and mortality, we will be challenged to follow Jesus in our lives, examine ourselves for the sins of which we need to repent, and be encouraged to take on spiritual disciplines which draw us into holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This year as you prayerfully examine your own life during Lent, I want to encourage you to look for your sins of neglect.  What are your sins of omission?  “What is God asking me to do which I am refusing to do?”

Am I neglecting my time alone with God?
Am I neglecting feeding the poor?
Am I neglecting speaking out against evil?
Am I neglecting teaching my children about my faith in Jesus?
Am I neglecting taking care of my body?
Am I neglecting praying for and loving my enemies?
Am I neglecting returning to the Lord His portion of my earnings?
Am I neglecting caring for those in pain around me?
Am I neglecting time with my spouse?

The list could go on and on. You get the point: What are my sins of neglect of which I need to repent?

In trying to deal with my sins of neglect, I have noticed two issues which seem to arise.  Firstly, to repent of these sins costs me time.  They usually take time to accomplish, which means that if I am going to follow God’s leading and repent, then I am going to have to stop doing something that I am currently doing in order to make time for it.  To minister to the needy means I have to give up time doing something else.  To spend more time studying the Scriptures means I am going to have to give up time doing something else.

Secondly, I have noticed that, more often than not, I am blinded to my sins of neglect.  It takes someone else, a sermon, the Scriptures, a book, or a friend to point them out to me.  I am afraid this is a pattern for most of us. We don’t think we have an issue, and then the Holy Spirit convicts us and brings it to our attention.  Because they are usually blind spots, this means we are used to living with them; they are comfortable in our lives.  To repent will make us uneasy and it is often difficult!  We have to be intentional, and oftentimes, we need someone to hold us accountable.

Jesus wants us to repent so we can experience the Kingdom of Heaven in our lives on earth. We often pray in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our sins of neglect truly get in the way of this.

As you walk through the Season of Lent this year, prayerfully look for your sins of neglect. When the Lord reveals them to you, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


The Most Rev. Dr.  Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America