Golden Needles Sewing Group

Jane Castleman passed away 3/23/17

Jane Castleman, leader of the Golden Needles sewing group, passed away March 23, 2017 at her home.

Jane was a dedicated member of MCBC, a hardworking leader of the Golden Needles, church nursery, and seniors program.

She will be missed by everyone at MCBC and everyone who knew and loved her.

Please keep her sister, Helene Taylor, (also a member of MCBC), her daughters, and all her relatives and loved ones in your prayers.

Special thanks to Sandy Jones for stepping up to run the Golden Needles so this vital program continues.

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The Golden Needles stitch, sew & share


“They just have such a heart,” said Eddie Womack, the Associate Pastor at Middle Cross Baptist Church. He described a group of women called the “Golden Needles.”

“They do it so unselfishly. I mean the first and third Thursday of the month they are over here cutting and sewing. They just feel like that’s some way they can give back and that’s why they do it,” said Womack. They sew things like pillows, lap blankets, and hats.

We take our $500 Pay it Forward cash to the building behind the Middle Cross Baptist Church where the Golden Needles meet.

“Where is Ms. Jane? Jane – don’t you dare. It’s too late now, you’ve been caught! On behalf of NewsChannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we want to pay it forward to you [Jane & Sandy] 500 dollars,” said Womack.

“Wow, that will buy a lot of fabric!” exclaimed the two women.

Sandy Jones is one of the Golden Needles leading ladies. She explained they hope to make hard times easier by providing seniors in nursing homes with lap quilts, people in hospice with neck pillows, and breast cancer patients heart pillows.

“We do this because we also want to pay it forward. It’s very comforting. It makes us feel fortunate that we are able to help someone and fortunate for our own health,” said Jones.

Jones read a letter from one of the breast cancer patients who received a heart pillow, “I received a pillow made by your Golden Needles sewing group and I want to thank you so much for your caring ministry. It was such a blessing to me.” Jones said receiving this note was, “…such a blessing. It brings tears to your eyes that you have made someone else’s difficult experiences a little bit better.”

The Golden Needles meet every first and third Thursday of the month from 10-12 at Middle Cross Baptist Church in Hixson. They encourage anyone who wants to sew or make a difference to join them. They also will always accept fabric donations. The phone number for the Middle Cross Baptist Church which is where the Golden Needles meet is (423) 877-5742.

If you know someone or a group of people like the Golden Needles, nominate them for our Pay it Forward surprise.