The Whatcoat United Methodist Church’s HUGGS — How Uniquely God Gives — ministry has been selected for induction into the Order of St. Barnabas, church officials announced.

The HUGGS ministry creates handmade items including crocheted, knitted, quilted and knotted lap robes and blankets, calico stuffed animal pillows and toys, bibs, hats and prayer shawls, to share the love of Jesus Christ, said ministry spokeswoman Geneva P. Fennell.

“Some recipients of our creations have been, but are not limited to adults and children who take part in the Soup Kitchen Ministry at WUMC, the Code Purple headquarters, which distributes many of our contributions to persons in shelters in the Kent County area,” said Fennell.

Other recipients include the ill and homebound at the Cadia Rehabilitation Center and the Hopes and Dreams facility in Dover, Africa, Haiti and Nicaragua.

Working with WUMC’s Quilting Ministry in September 2017, the group created and distributed quilts to Dover’s homeless over Christmas.

The induction ceremony will take place at noon May 5 in the Whatcoat United Methodist Church, 341 Saulsbury Road, Dover.

Although the deadline for purchasing the $20 tickets for the event has passed, more information is available by calling 734-9505.