Kōloa Union Prayers and Squares Ministry Turns Scraps into Quilts
The Prayers and Squares Ministry Team of Koloa Union Church has been creating handmade quilts for the past few years, which they have gifted to kupuna and people in crisis as beautiful and tangible symbols of their loving prayers. Each knot in the quilt symbolizes a prayer said on behalf of the recipient.
Throughout 2020, the group has made 1,517 face masks, which were donated to 10 not-for-profit organizations on Kaua'i, including hospitals, clinics and shelters, in order to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe from the coronavirus.
Recently, this ministry team gifted to the congregation a stunning quilt made from the leftover scraps of material from the face masks. Kahu Alan Akana said a prayer for the church as the first knot was tied. The quilt now hangs on the wall of the church, visible to all as they enter the sanctuary, as a reminder of the church's outreach to the community during the pandemic of 2020.