The Quilters

Copy of lady with lap robePrayers and Squares

Can you touch a prayer?
Can you pull it close and feel its comfort?
You can if it’s part of a Prayer Quilt from Prayers & Squares, the Prayer Quilt Ministry that a group of us in the parish have begun.  We have already made many quilts and they have been a great blessing to the recipients.
It’s a simple idea with powerful results, but our Prayer Quilts are more than just colourful, comforting blankets. The warmth they bring comes from the prayers that are tied into each knot.
It goes like this:  Members of the congregation are invited to sponsor a quilt for someone in need of prayer – maybe they are chronically or terminally ill, maybe they carry a heavy burden of care for someone else, maybe moving home.  The sponsor will ask the person if they would like a prayer quilt, and if so, what the prayers are they wish us to offer on their behalf.  They may also like to indicate what colours they would like in the quilt.
The recipient of the quilt may remain anonymous to the quilt group if they wish.  The sponsor requests a quilt, we will piece it and rather than “quilt”, will “tie” it.  Then it will be hung in the church on a Sunday morning, blessed in worship and those who wish will be invited to tie their prayers in to the quilt.  The sponsor delivers it to the one in need of prayer.
Over the past two years we have made 20+ quilts.
How you can help?
Join us – we are having a great time together!  We are meeting on the first Friday morning of each month, in each other’s homes.  Quilting experience is not necessary – we just need those who can iron, cut fabric and sew a straight seam.
Become a sponsor:  is there someone in your family or among your friends who needs our tangible prayers in this way?
We are looking for fabric and funds:  the fabric for the top of the quilt must be 100% cotton and we are using up scraps many of us have in our “stash” (the pile of fabrics quilters have stored in boxes and cupboards…) but we need some funds to buy the other necessary bits and pieces, such as polar fleece for backing the quilt.  The sponsor may wish to make a donation towards the cost, (though this is definitely not an expectation), as it is important that the recipient of the quilt to receives it as a gift of prayer.
Questions? Contact Pamela Tankersley tanks@paradise.net.nz, 355 3908 or Alison Soper jimali.soper@xtra.co.nz