New kneelers were installed by the Grace Historical Preservation Foundation in 2020. The inspiration for replacing the worn altar kneelers began in 2017 when Cathy Miller suggested that the Preservation Foundation fund this project. The Foundation directed Cathy to investigate further, identify vendors, get prices, and suggest a timeline for completion.
Cathy selected Jacksons of Hebden Bridge in London, England, to design the kneelers and Fine Cell Work in London, England, to do the work. Fine Cell Work used trained prisoners to design and stitch needlework so that they could learn a trade. This turned out to be a perfect match for Grace Church because their stitching would complement the original needlepoint kneelers that were made by women of Grace in 1976.
The cost and plan were approved by the Grace Historical Church Preservation Foundation in April 2019. By August, the canvas designed by Hebden Bridge was mailed to Fine Cell Work to begin the project. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the project was finally completed by Kirks Auto Upholstery in Hampton in September 2020 when they were placed in the church.
Original kneeler created by women of Grace in August 1976.
The new kneelers around the altar, September 2020.
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