Meridian Star

January 4, 2014

Stitches of love

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     A group of women from Bethany Baptist Church have used their many years of crocheting and quilting experience to give newborns, the sick and elderly, and teens at Hope Village handmade hats, blankets and quilts.     

    "This is a satisfying activity for us and one we take seriously," said Cathy Webb, one of the members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry. "It is a really good ministry and it is a comfort to us to know a child is curled up with one of our quilts or a newborn baby is staying warm underneath a blanket and cap we knitted with our own hands."

    Webb said the group started in October of 2011 when they decided to use their crocheting and quilting talents to bless the lives of others. Thus was born the Wrapped in Prayer Shawl Ministry.

    Webb said since the ministry’s inception, the ladies of have made and donated nearly 500 infant hats and blankets for hospitals and missions in Mississippi, West Virginia, and Afghanistan. The ladies have pieced and hand quilted nearly 50 lap quilts and shawls that have gone to Hope Village and the sick and elderly in the surrounding area. On Baby Dedication Day, babies are gifted with a quilt or blanket lovingly created by these ladies.   

    "My daughter is a neonatal nurse and she knows how important these gifts are," Webb said. "We deliver the gifts to the different groups and the hospitals and it is really neat to see they are used in this way."

    The group meets for two hours every Monday at Bethany Church where one will find the members sitting around quilting frames or crocheting, Webb said. One lady, whose hands will not allow her to quilt or crochet any longer, faithfully comes to make coffee and bring a dessert.

    Some ladies have come to cut plastic shopping bags into strips while others used these strips to crochet plastic sleeping bags for the homeless. These women have taught others to crochet and to quilt and have passed down not only an art form, but also a legacy of Christian love and giving.

    "I retired recently from Meridian Community College and they taught me how to quilt and crochet," Webb said. "We have a room at the church set up with all the frames and on many of our meetings these frames will be full, the ladies busy making the items."