Article | February 15, 2023
Celebrating Stitching Ministry’s 2022 Year in Review
Grace Cathedral’s Stitching Ministry spins yarn from the heart, spreading love and warmth throughout San Francisco and beyond. From beginners taking their first fledging steps to adept knitters and crocheters, Stitching Ministry welcomes all levels of fiber artists under their stitching wings.
Barbara Ludlum and Fran Rounds, co-leaders of Stitching Ministry, recently shared their 2022 Year in Review. Having led their flock in quite the year of production, Barbara and Fran thanked the cathedral staff. They celebrated the volunteers’ many contributions to making the world a warmer, more loving place.
Hello to Cathedral Staff and our group of stitchers,
We are very happy to share the amazing results from our 2022 Stitching Ministry at Grace Cathedral. We have provided over 600 handmade items to various agencies and people in need.
We are so grateful to each of our stitchers, those who join us in person, and the unseen angels that send their goods our way. You make us ‘look good!’ We do not thank you enough for the contributions you so generously provide. We are so pleased you are a part of our ministry here at Grace.
We are also grateful for the support of the variety of staff at Grace who encourages us, provide services for our meetings, continuing to make us welcome as part of the greater Grace community.
Thanks to all for such a remarkable year. And as of January 31, we have already received 107 items! Look out 2023.
In total, Stitching Ministry created 654 “Items of Love” in 2022. This included: 80 pairs of mittens; 81 lap robes; 99 scarves; 113 hats for adults; 157 hats for infants and toddlers; 15 infant sweaters; 2 adult-sized sweaters and shawls, and 107 miscellaneous items.
In collaboration with a multitude of local agencies, Stitching Ministry donated “Gifts of Love and Caring” to Laguna Honda Elder Care Unit; SF Night Ministry; Seaman’s Church Institute; GLIDE Memorial Church, Women’s Center; Bayview Mission; SF Homeless Prenatal Program; and directly to individuals when called upon. In addition, funds raised from items sold at Grace’s annual Advent Sale this last Christmas season contributed toward benefitting the programs of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries and Grace.
New volunteers are welcome to join and meet up with the other stitchers around the table or to craft independently at home. Folks can also stop by to see what it’s all about without having to create anything. Please visit gracecathedral.org/stitching-ministry to learn more about this creatively powerful ministry and how to get involved.