Submitted by Rebecca Bourgeois
Church Administrator, Christ Church United Methodist, Denver, CO
Christ Church United Methodist in Denver, Colorado is working to end all forms of bullying. During the month of October, National Bullying Prevention Month, the congregation is focusing on raising awareness to better equip members to both prevent and stand up against bullying.
As part of this effort, church leadership wanted the children and youth of the church to know Christ Church is a safe space that affirms each individual as a beautiful, unique child of God.
As a visual sign of this belief a group of seven women in the congregation, now fondly called the "Mad Hatters," worked to knit and crochet 50 blue hats. These hats were then distributed to students during worship on Oct. 7 as part of #HatNotHate.
#HatNotHate is an anti-bullying campaign started by Lion Yarn. The brand encourages "craftivists" to make blue hats for children to wear throughout October that will raise awareness for and continue the fight to prevent bullying. Learn more about the #HatNotHate movement at www.lionbrand.com/hat-not-hate
As for Christ Church, the blue hats are a tangible reminder that individuals are loved, and encourage others to stand up against bullying.
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