Join the stitch­ers to make kneel­ers for com­mu­nion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

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.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3298314

From left, Mar­garet Richards, Amal Sef­fein and Ur­sula Peters work­ing on the kneel­ers

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