Stay Calm & Sew On
May 4, 2020| by Sara Snowden
“In this time of medical crisis and uncertainty, creating and producing these tangible gifts of protection, are an anti-anxiety balm to the sewers themselves. It gives us an opportunity to calmly love and serve like Christ, while remaining distancing ourselves physically from one another” says Megan Rain.
In the first three weeks since a new sewing ministry has popped up, we have distributed 500+ masks to help better prepare vulnerable groups to protect themselves and others from the spread of the coronavirus. Each week, new ‘seamsters’ have reported for duty some with little – or only decades-old – experience behind a sewing machine. Day of Service champion and sewing extraordinaire, Megan Rain, is at the helm of this growing operation. To accommodate the varied skill-level of her seamsters, she created an assembly-line process that includes a how-to video and the fabric needed for volunteers who weekly drop off their finished face masks to Megan’s front porch.
This past week, the volunteer group has expanded to include Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church’s sewing guild and an East Dallas tailor willing to volunteer her time. Our next goal is to deliver 400 face masks to the staff and homeless clients at Austin Street Center.
Many of the sewers in this ministry have never met before. For now, they wave at Megan through her window, email, text, and talk with one another on the phone. “I hope we can all get together one day to share our stories,” says Melissa Paul. “I’m sewing on my mother’s German-made Pfaff that has got to be 60 or more years old.”
The group won’t stop sewing for the foreseeable future. Several seamsters voiced their motivation to keep sewing in a recent check-in: “if I stop sewing, someone that might benefit from having a face mask could go without one.”
Supplies are needed for this pop-up ministry. If you would like to donate new cotton fabric or make another contribution to the effort, please contact
For as long as seamsters are willing, supplies are available, and there are more ministry partners, hospice workers, nursing home staff and residents, and other vulnerable neighbors in need, we will faithfully labor. These face masks are one of many ways we as Christians can shine God’s light the community.
Keep calm and shine on.