By Ashley R Leaphart, Synod Communicator for Grace, Gilbert
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Mark 5:9
In 2005, Mrs Patricia Hill and her husband, the late Reverend Garth Hill, decided to share one of their ministries from their previous congregation with the members of Grace Lutheran Church (Gilbert, SC). Thus, the Piecemakers quilting ministry at Grace began with scraps of material and stitches of love in the Hill’s home.
The Piecemakers now include not only Grace members but also two faithful members, Gayle Hite and Mary Alma Hite, from a neighboring Lutheran congregation. Each quilt panel assembled by the Piecemakers is unique like each of God’s children. Yet when the panels are sewn together with God’s love they become a unified family indicative of God’s grace and peace to all who receive them.
More than 1,400 quilts have been produced by the Piecemakers. Most of the quilts have been distributed overseas through Lutheran World Relief. However, they have also been shared domestically during natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and more recently during the South Carolina floods in 2015.
Over a decade later, the ministry of the Piecemakers has now inspired a new generation at Grace to create fleece tied blankets for Lutheran World Relief and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Each Sunday Kelli Rooks leads the boys and girls in their diligent work to share their talents with children not only in our community but also around the world.