Congregational Care

Area Women’s Group Gives Patient TLC Through Lap Robe Donation

A hand-knit lap robe can be a great comfort for a patient looking for a little extra TLC. Thanks to a generous donation from the Kenilworth Union Church’s knitting ministry, some RIC patients will have the chance to keep warm with a hand-knit lap robe this winter.

The 26-member group knitted 26 soft lap robes in a wide array of bright colors and designs. The robes will be distributed by our chaplains when someone is in need of some extra warmth and comfort. Each robe comes with a hand-written note wishing the recipient well and explaining the purpose of the robe. Beth Reece, our Manager of Chaplaincy, said the robes are a powerful token of comfort. “It’s an unexpected piece of love, and I can already think of patients who will benefit from these,” she said. “It’s wonderful that they can take them home even after they leave RIC and use the robes whenever they need to.”

The knitting group heard about RIC through recreational therapist Megan Brady, as well as from U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and his family, who also attend the Kenilworth Union Church. Thanks to this group for their generous donation!


Jesus told his followers, “love one another as I have loved you,” and we work to take this commandment to heart at Kenilworth Union. We strive to be a congregation where people can be open, feel safe and love one another.

The Congregational Care Committee’s mission is to reflect God’s love by supporting, promoting and overseeing groups within the church that are working to provide spiritual nurturing and physical and emotional support to individuals in need.

The ministries of the Congregational Care Committee include the Stephen Ministry, the Care Guild, the Prayer Circle, and the Knitting Ministry, and are available to give you our time, help and support during times when you might need a meal, a ride, a prayer, or a listening ear. Our Stephen Ministers offer confidential one-to-one Christian care and companionship in times of bereavement, transition, loss,  illness or other challenge. The Care Guild provides outreach to our members with meals, rides and visits. The Prayer Circle prays daily for families and individuals in time of need.

If you or anyone you know would like to take advantage of any of our Congregational Care programs: you may complete a pew card (located in church pews) and place it in the offering plate or contact Jo Forrest.

Please see the section of the church website dedicated to each ministry for more information.