Mat Weaving Ministry


A group at First Reformed UCC had a vision. The vision was to use plastic grocery bags, filling up our garbage cans and recycle bins, to help protect the homeless population from the wet ground. This group of “weavers” meet at the church at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays where they quickly get to work cutting plastic bags into narrow strips that they tie together vertically. Church members continue to save and donate their grocery bags to supply this ministry.

The growing group of weavers thread the long plastic bag strips onto wooden tabletop looms made by church members Jerry Lovell and Doug Sink. It takes five loom-sized woven pieces to make one full-sized, cushiony plastic mat that keeps those who sleep outside warmer and dryer.

If you would like to help “the Weaving Women” (men allowed as well!) of First Reformed UCC make waterproof mats for the homeless, please call Carolyn Spivey at 336-787-5591.