Patchwork: “a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into larger design. Bringing the old and the new together to make something stronger. Used to bring communities of people together to socialise and relax whilst making something practical and functional. Each piece is unique but part of something wonderful and strong.”
“I thought about bags as something that could help protect our things, and make carrying a load that little bit easier. I thought about a mother who has a bag full of plasters, wipes, tissues, pens, paper, medicine. The bag containing everything needed for cuts & scrapes to make you feel better, to help you on your way.
The patchwork bag represents the old and new coming together & working as a community; like a group of people who would gather to make a beautiful & useful patchwork quilt. The many different pieces of fabric represent the diversity of people stitched together to make community.”
Similar thoughts are expressed in the bible, using the body as an example of a ‘patchwork.’ Here the body represents God’s people, individually and corporately intended to be a ‘patchwork bag’ containing Him.
God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.
But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honour to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12: 18-26
This is how a community should be, and this is what we pray for the Vineyard Community Centre.