Garments of Grace
The little handprints that decorate the walls of the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center give new meaning to being the hands and feet of Jesus. Children from ages one to seventeen, who have been sexually abused, are served by the Advocacy Center. These children often have very little. When they arrive for their first visit, each child is given a fleece blanket to keep. This blanket has been made by our Garments of Grace group and it covers them with love, comfort and the peace of Christ. Many times, their blanket is the first real sign of hope and healing for these children. The reason that Garments of Grace was formed is to give tangible gifts of Christ’s love to others through our various projects. To date, we have given more than one hundred blankets to this worthy organization. We pray over them as we cut and tie them, and again when we take them to the Center.
Garments of Grace meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 10 am until 12 noon in the downstairs lobby, but those who can’t join us can also participate by donating money toward the cost of the fleece fabric, which is approximately twenty dollars per blanket.
Garments of Grace is also involved in a variety of other projects, such as the knitting or crocheting of little hats, blankets and octopus dolls for preemie babies in local hospitals. The legs of the octopus dolls feel like an umbilical cord to the babies and help them to be comforted as they grow and develop. We also create Shawls of Grace which are given to those who need a loving touch due to illness or the loss of a loved one.
Any and all ages are welcome to join this ministry. Sewing skills are not needed. We can show anyone how to cut and tie blankets and we gladly teach those who want to learn to knit or crochet. Come join us. The children need us!
Nancy Ross, Susan Smith, Glenda Meredith, Victoria Filbrun, Susie Wilson, Karen Hall, Linda Harris, Judy Thompson, Marilyn Hurst and Jean Brooks