Pastoral Care Ministries \ Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry has been in existence since 2005 and has knitted and given out hundreds of shawls. In 2010 alone, our church presented 48 shawls. Currently we are in need of more hands and are hoping to find more members to participate in this ministry. If you have always wanted to learn how to knit, now is your chance! We will teach you.

Please consider joining us – for a single visit, to learn how to knit or to become a regular. If you prefer to knit at home and just send in a shawl – that is fine too. Crocheting is also welcome. To know that we are able to offer this comfort to people makes our efforts a joy.

Those of us who make prayer shawls enjoy the knitting, but also are rewarded by bringing comfort to many others through our ministry. Stories of those receiving the shawls tell about building strength in struggles with chemotherapy, gaining courage in facing surgery and accepting God’s grace at the time of deep loss when they put the shawl around their shoulders.

Every shawl yields a response and a story. When we placed the shawl around a member in a local nursing home, this normally non-responsive patient shed a tear and said thank you. One member had been so touched by the shawl presented to him that he asked to be buried with his shawl around him. A grieving widow told of wrapping her new shawl around her and being able to sleep through the night for the first time since her husband died three months earlier. It is the stories and the grateful thank you’s that keep our Prayer Shawl knitters busy, working for God, one shawl at a time.

Knitters gather every second and fourth Monday at 10 AM in the parlor. The yarn is initially blessed – the yarn worker is blessed and on completion the shawl is blessed. The entire time the shawls are pieced together, hour by hour, they’re drenched in prayer. We don’t know when we knit who will be receiving the shawls but our prayers acknowledge that the recipient will be someone going through a hard time. During our time together one of us will light our candle and one will read our prayer as we pass around the completed shawls from hand to hand for additional prayers. We knit, share secrets of the craft and do a lot of chatting. Each time we meet we are also rewarded as a small group caring for each other. Fellowship is an important aspect of our ministry.

If you would like to learn more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, drop in at the parlor on the second or fourth Monday of the month, or call Judy Hyde, (203)966-8028, or Debbie at the church office. We hope to welcome you to our group soon.

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