Caring Touch (Quilting) Ministry
The Caring Touch Quilting Ministry was organized in 1994 to serve our community and church. Caring Touch meets beginning in September until May of the following year on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall (gymnasium) of First Baptist Church. Caring Touch Quilting Ministry currently has a membership of thirty-two ladies.
Caring Touch Quilting Ministry has donated 120 adult quilts and 60 baby quilts since the group began keeping records in 2003. The quilts are made for fundraisers such as “Concepts of Truth” (of Wynne) which is a group that counsels women with unplanned pregnancies. Quilts are also given within First Baptist Church to those who are seriously ill or have a newborn baby. Caring Touch also gives quilts to the “All Is Well” Homeless Shelter, Forrest City Care Center, shut-ins, those suffering with long-term illness and disaster victims.
During the Winter of 2008, Caring Touch Quilting Ministry gave 40 quilts to God’s Provision Clothes Closet Ministry of First Baptist Church when the weather was freezing. All 40 quilts were distributed to citizens of Forrest City in one day.
As a community project, Caring Touch Quilting Ministry alters the Forrest City High School band uniforms each year. According to Will Harris of the Forrest City High School Band Department, the band members have received an Award of Excellence for the appearance of their uniforms.
Each year Caring Touch Quilting Ministry hosts a quilting show which is open to the public for purchasing quilts. All proceeds from the sale go to Dixie Jackson State Missions which helps finance missionaries, build churches and sponsor Disaster Relief in Arkansas.