Calvary Quilters Ministry

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Founded in 2000 by Cynthia Richardson and Dorothy Spivey, this group of ladies work tirelessly creating quilted masterpieces including blankets, matching quilt bags, placemats, table runners, and even goody bags for all of our visiting missionaries.  Jeanene Mathews grew up on the mission field as her parents served in Costa Rica and Guatemala. She explained that missionaries leave a lot behind; everything they know, their families, and most of their possessions.  They have to give up a lot so creating these quilted gifts is a way to remind each missionary that someone is thinking of them and praying for them regularly. 
Jeanene Mathews presents a quilt to Kyron and Antonia Horton - Missionaries to Brazil

A typical meeting of the quilters looks a lot like a lifegroup.  The morning begins with coffee and fellowship; sharing the ups and downs of life with each other as they work.  After a break for lunch the ladies may do some shopping at JoAnns Fabrics before heading back to the Willie Williams Building to continue creating until the late afternoon.

Janie Rabago said she didn’t know how to sew when she started working with the quilters ministry.  In fact, she said that Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” often came to mind as she was learning.  The ladies have taught her diligently every step of the way and they are willing to share the love and art of quilting with anyone interested. Mona Torrez and Jan Hill reiterated how much fun the quilting ministry is and that they have blocked out every Monday so they can be there!
Donations to the Calvary Quilters make this ministry possible.  Fabric prices have gone up so donations of fabric, especially large pieces they can use for the back of the quilts, are helpful along with natural cotton batting, coupons for JoAnns Fabrics, and even monetary donations to the Quilters Fund.   Each quilt costs about $200 to create.  
The Calvary Baptist Quilters ministry meets at 10:30am every Monday in the Willie Williams Building.  Anyone who is interested in learning about quilting or would like to be involved in this ministry is invited to stop by - even if you don’t know how to sew a single stitch! 
Margaret Rogers displays a quilt and matching quilt bag created by the ministry.

Our mission is simple: Become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ. The people of Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX seek to fulfill our mission by accomplishing these four actions: See God - To experience God in fresh ways every week. Share Life - To enjoy biblical community with our church family. Serve Others - To manifest God’s love in tangible acts of service. Stay Connected - To remain in supporting fellowship during the pains of life.