Join the stitchers to make kneelers for communion
A new set of kneelers is being created for use during communion at Ashford’s parish church.
In September 2010, St Mary the Virgin in the town centre was vacated and re-ordered, with the changes seeing most of the pews removed and replaced with chairs.
A new dais was built for concerts, plays and talks but it was much larger and had a different shape to its predecessor.
This meant that the church had no suitable kneelers for people to use while receiving communion.
Ursula Peters said: “A group of volunteer needlewomen came together with Father Colin Preece in early 2014 to agree on a design.”
A specialist firm called Jacksons of Hebden Bridge quoted for the kneeler kits, but it was well above the money raised by the congregation.
Mrs Peters, the project co-ordinator, added: “We approached the Godinton Charitable Trust and they agreed to give us a donation, which, with a loan from church funds and other donations, made it possible to place the order.”
In May the kits for the kneelers arrived and since then a team of stitchers have been creating them.
But extra pairs of hands are now needed to finish the task.
Mrs Peters said: “If there are any enthusiastic stitchers out there we would love to hear from them, and we would also appreciate a helping hand with sponsoring some kneelers, so that we can repay the money borrowed from church funds.”
The stitchers meet every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon so anyone interested in helping out is asked to call in and get involved.
Anyone who would like to make a donation towards the cost of the new kneelers can make a cheque payable to St Mary’s the Virgin Ashford PCC and send it to The College, Church Yard, Ashford TN23 1QG.
From left, Margaret Richards, Amal Seffein and Ursula Peters working on the kneelers