Canvaswork Kneelers

Reveille UMC

Reveille Communion Kneelers: A Labor of Love

Books Available
The original booklet, Canvaswork Kneelers of Reveille United Methodist Church, has been updated with color photos throughout.  Printed copies of the booklet are available. To request a copy email Kara Sentipal, or call (804) 359-6041, ext. 125.
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The History of Reveille's Communion Kneelers
Since 1977 when four needlepoint cushions were given by Mrs. Rey Bennett as a memorial to her husband and for use by the ministers during the communion service, there has been a hope that Reveille might have needlepoint kneelers around the communion rail.

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, and after approval by the Board of Trustees, the project got under way. Many hours of research and planning preceded the actual work.

The kneelers were designed by Mrs. Mary Margaret Eutsler Abramson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. Kern Eutsler, the senior minister at the time the project was implemented. This was a labor of love and a very generous gift of time as well as talent.

There are seventeen kneelers, fourteen of which have either a cross or a religious symbol in the center. They are surrounded by grape leaves signifying the wine used at the service of Holy Communion. This also shows the relationship between God and his people as found in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Twelve of the kneelers have apostles’ emblems on both ends. Of the three kneelers used across the aisle during the celebration of communion, one is that of the chalice which is representative of the cup used at the Last Supper. The other two contain sentences taken from the communion ritual, “This is my body which is given for you” and “Do this in remembrance of me.”

A kneeler to be used during marriage ceremonies has been skillfully worked and given by Mr. Moses Nunnally. It is a very beautiful and meaningful addition to our sanctuary.

The needlework committee entered into this venture with enthusiasm, love, and generous gifts of time. The project has been a challenge and those who have participated have considered it a privilege to contribute to the beauty of Reveille. Ties of Christian fellowship have resulted from the cooperative effort spanning several years.
For more information about the Canvaswork Kneelers of Reveille United Methodist Church book please contact Director of Communications Rachel Sanders.