P, B, & J QUILT MINISTRY
St. Cloud Presbyterian Church is sharing warmth and love with Thornwell, ill members, and those celebrating special occasions through its P(rayer) B(lessings) & J(oy) Quilt Ministry. Church member, Sherry Peck, wrote a proposal in February 2019 for the ministry. She said, "I had been listening to God for some time and had lined up all the necessary supplies to launch a new sewing Ministry within St Cloud Presbyterian Church."
"I envisioned needing volunteers who can press scraps to be fed into the cutter, layer scraps on die and hand crank through (cuts 6 layers at once), layout results, sew, press completed tops, create a tag indicating a message of love from us, print tags, pin tags on and have a cup of tea with me! It is possible that we need a volunteer to “kit” the cut projects to be collected by anyone interested in serving in this ministry by sewing at home. Last, but most important, each session will start with prayer and each blanket we create will be prayed over before being given."
Peck received word of the Session's approval and says, "I moved forward with the grand opening on my Mother's 83rd birthday to always remember the start date." By Thanksgiving 2019 the group had completed 12 quilts and sent them to Thornwell. Additional quilts were crafted and given to a person celebrating their 99th birthday and to members who had serious health concerns.
Peck adds, "Throughout the summer we were joined by a few teachers that had time to serve. We also have a friend from another local church that takes our kits and returns them completed, often 2 per week! Our oldest volunteer is 92 and we have had special needs youth join our ranks. Very impressive to me is a 70+ lady who never learned to sew and has completed 2 quilts."
Pastor Hugh Lackey, says "I have had the privilege of delivering many of these. I took it to a member in hospice and the given brightened her days thereafter. Shortly after she passed away I received a call from her adult grandson who told me that his other grandmother was in hospice and was it possible to get a quilt for her. The PB&J team completed a quilt that day so we could give it to the man before his visit."
The lady in the wheel chair, Marge, is a snow bird. She had fallen and broken her femur. Pastor Lackey says, "The quilt, as the picture shows, brought her joy.I also delivered a child’s quilt for a young girl in her home church (in Pennsylvania) – Emma is age six and is suffering from her second attack of cancer. It is a beautiful ministry that has touched the life of the giver and the one receiving the gift."