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Bower Memorialís quilting ministry gives warmth to needy, hurtingcomment (0)

December 24, 2009

Everyone has a hobby or passion, and using that passion to glorify God is the premise behind the Quilted Blessings ministry of Bower Memorial Baptist Church, Evergreen, in Conecuh Baptist Association.

The group of about 15 meets once a week in the fellowship hall to sew quilts by hand for church members in need.
“We saw this as an opportunity to minister to new mothers, people with chronic or terminal illnesses and eventually to servicemen and women and state troopers,” said Miriam Griffin, a member of Bower Memorial Baptist who helped start the ministry in May.

Some members of the group already knew how to sew, while others had no background in the craft, so Griffin started with the basics.

She said the projects are moving along faster now that everyone is more competent at quilting. So far, one quilt has been given to a new mother in the church, and two more are almost ready to present — one to a woman with Alzheimer’s disease and the other to a woman with terminal cancer.

“The past two we’re just completing are signature quilts, so everyone who made a block will sign the block,” Griffin said. “They’ll pray over the person as they sew each block, and they can write a verse on the block as well.”

The group ranges from a 10-year-old to people in their 70s, so it’s been a way to include church members based on interest alone. There’s even a man in the group, so it’s certainly not limited to women.

“We can use anything in our life, especially the things we love, to share God’s love,” Griffin said. “We love quilting so we are using that passion to share God’s love.”    (TAB)

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