AllOccasionAprons of St. Stephen's Community Church, UCC           

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AllOccasionAprons is an initiative of the Sewing Guild of St. Stephen's Community Church, UCC.  Offered are handmade, unique limited-edition and one-of-a-kind items:  Aprons are in two major categories -Theme Collections (see below) and Wedding Cake Aprons.   Other items include Lap Scarves (one-sided), Lap Robes (two-sided with soft warm backings) and Carriage Robes (large, two-sided, soft warm backings, some with plush faux fur on one side).  

Theme Collections -   Our aprons are made from unique prints in a range of 
mostly cotton fabrics.  For men, women and youth, the aprons are single-sided or reversible, in the following 14 Theme Collections:
     African/Asian/Hispanic/...                       Hunting/Fishing/Farms      
     Animals/Birds/Butterflies                       Inspiration/Christian/Jewish
     Boats/Lighthouses and Black/White     Music/Dance/Art and Drama   
     Celebrations/Holidays/S-Heros             Novelty and Wheelchair Length
     Family/Home/Youth                                Pretty Woman/Romantic Moments 
     Flowers/Gardens                                    Sports/Teams/Tools
     Food/Drink                                              Travel/Maps/Military

Interested in learning more?
Map of North & South America
Travel/Maps/Military Collection, single-sided, one patch pocket

  - Wedding Cake Aprons -
  For the Cake Cutting Ceremony

​To emphasize the meaning of this memorable moment, just before cutting the wedding cake, the couple's attendants assist them in putting on their Wedding Cake Aprons.

After the couple has 
fed each other the cake and, if they wish, served their new in-laws as well, their aprons are removed - kept as keepsakes of their personal commitment to work together to build their new life and new home.

Year after year, the aprons are a major contribution to anniversary celebrations and become family heirlooms.

   Please click on Gallery        above to view more
   Wedding Cake Aprons.
Supporting the ​Outreach Mission

 Aprons made and sold by the Sewing Guild of  St. Stephen's Community Church, UCC support the church's Carol J. Greer Community Learning Center and Computer Lab with educational programs and technology instruction for Lansing-area youth and adults, including seniors.

 With a focus on limited-resource families, the Greer Center also provides healthy, well-balanced  meals for all of its participants.

 Youth tech programs include Lego Robotics, Scratch, Game Design, and Digital Media (film making/editing). Fitness programs include tennis  and  golf.  Mature adults/seniors are offered computer classes at basic beginners and advanced  beginners levels with individualized instruction.

Greer Center program partners include Shabazz  Academy, ITEC,  Power On, the MSU College of  Engineering and Tennis Facility and Lansing's First Tee Golf Program.  
Sailboats on the Ocean - from the Boats and Lighthouses Collection, single-sided, one invisible center pocket
The Apollo Club/New York - The Arts: Music/Dance/Drama Collection, reversible with one pocket on each side
In the Beginning...

Two septuagenarians at St. Stephen's 
Community Church joined together to develop
the fledgling idea put forward by a younger 
church member (who had returned from Africa 
with a beautiful apron she had purchased there) .
and her colleague.  They suggested the Sewing 
Guild could help support the outreach mission of the church's Greer Community Learning Center 
through the sale of such aprons. The older women agreed and felt they could pass on to younger women an art they had initially learned as young girls growing up in the south where all girls had to take "Home Economics" and learn to make aprons.  Other dedicated retirees joined the team and the group grew, meeting together weekly to build this initiative.
Over the years, with fabric as their medium, they expanded this skill into an art form and sold their creations in arts and crafts shows across the region. Emphasizing the mixing and matching of 
colors and motifs to capture the messages of our culture and our hearts, they generated works 
that are often considered family heirlooms, some of which were specially commissioned works. 
With beauty, quality and uniqueness as major characteristics of the one-of-a-kind or limited-edition items, the artists-crafted aprons for men, women and youth styling them from basic ulilitarian to exquisite and elegant. 
The idea for symbolic Wedding Cake Aprons grew out of these latter experiences and the women's prayers for a way to better support the Greer Center and its mission.  
Bride's Wedding Cake Apron over a strapless, trumpet skirt wedding gown
Groom's Black Builder's style Wedding Cake Apron trimmed with white piping and black satin 
Coutesy of The Wedding Gallery, Williamston, MI