By Kara Witherow, Editor
There are angels among us, as the song says, and in Glynn County, at least, it’s because Ellen and Alan Huth and Brunswick First United Methodist Church’s new Angel Ministry have gifted nearly 500 small crocheted white angels to individuals and area ministries.
Depictions of angels have long afforded Ellen Huth a sense of comfort and peace, and for the past 10 years she and her husband, Alan, have passed the symbols of peace out to others.
“It all started about 10 years ago when we were living in the Atlanta area. I came across these crocheted angels and started buying them and giving them to people who were having difficult times,” Ellen said. “The reaction we got was such that we wanted to give out more angels.”
When the Huths moved to Brunswick in September 2017, they wanted to continue handing out the handcrafted heavenly hosts. They found a home at Brunswick First UMC and, between the church’s prayer list and area ministries, also found plenty of need.
Then the global coronavirus pandemic hit.
After speaking with senior pastor Dr. Wright Culpepper – who also serves as a chaplain at the local hospital – Ellen and Alan gave the 84 angels they had on hand to employees and nurses on the hospital’s COVID floor.
“They were having a very difficult time with COVID,” Ellen said. “After that, we wanted to do more, so we began giving them to COVID patients.”
Each angel, packed in a clear cellophane bag tied with a gold bow, includes a card that references Psalm 91:11. Part of the card’s inside message reads, “Here is a very special guardian angel to watch over you and offer you hope, comfort, and peace. The thoughts and prayers of many are with you.”
The angels let people know they’re cared about, the Huths said.
“We’ve gotten letters that thank us,” Alan said. “They seem to give people hope and inner peace. We’ve noticed, and Wright has, too, that people will put the angel in a prominent place and refer back to it when they’re having a difficult time. It helps them get through those times.”
Angels have also been given to FaithWorks’ Sparrow’s Nest, Magnolia Manor, Southeast Georgia Health System’s Ribbon of Hope breast cancer program, individuals on the church’s concern list, and additional hospital employees.
Wanting to expand the ministry, the Huths looked into starting a nonprofit but found it can be a difficult and cumbersome process. Instead, they spoke with Dr. Culpepper and asked if it could become one of the church’s ministries. Liking the idea, he presented it to the congregation, and since June, the Angel Ministry has been a ministry of Brunswick First UMC.
“Alan and Ellen are joyously sharing the reminder to all that we are not alone,” Dr. Culpepper said. “Their angels have comforted the sick, encouraged the weary, and blessed those who serve with a simple reminder of God’s presence. They love what they do and are a blessing to me and countless others.”
Each angel package costs about $3, and the ministry is currently funded by individual donations. The Huths and the Angel Ministry’s team of volunteers have applied for a grant and are researching additional grant and fundraising opportunities.
Through the angels, they want to continue to share the love, care, and peace of God with the community.
“This was born out of empathy and compassion for those who are ill or suffering or for those are experiencing hardships and for those who are nearing the end of life,” Ellen said. “God is very much a part of our Angel Ministry. He is the driving force behind all of this. It’s something very dear to my heart. Angels are, too. It’s important to reach out to individuals who are having difficult times with an angel and a card to let them know somebody cares about them.”