The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a quiet but determined group of ladies, some of whom have been getting together for over 10 years knitting and crocheting in order to bring prayers and a reminder of God’s love to those in need. Prayer shawls are given to folks who are grieving, healing, or are otherwise in need of comfort. They have also been given to Hospice, as well as to new mothers or people who have celebrated special occasions. In their time as a group, they have given away well over 500 shawls.
Each shawl is delivered with a card attached containing a prayer of Love, Hope and Peace: “As you place this shawl around your shoulders, may you feel the loving arms of God enfold you as he holds you in his care. May you find comfort, peace and healing from the prayers that have been offered for you by the knitter. From [knitter’s name] and your friends at First Church.” Many thank you notes have been received from people who feel God’s love and caring when wrapped in the shawl as well as many prayers given by the knitters.
It took about 6 million stitches to make the first 500 shawls, and the needles are still going!
The group also makes “Tiny Prayer Shawls” that can be easily carried in a handbag or briefcase for prayers on the go. This is a great time of fellowship for those involved – new members are always welcome.
The group meets twice a month following this schedule:
- The 2nd Monday of the month: 7 p.m. in Room 1 (2nd floor)
- The 4th Monday of the month: 10 a.m. in Buxton Room (1st floor)
This schedule allows for both “evening only” knitters and “morning only” knitters to meet once a month. Better yet, it allows knitters with a flexible schedule to meet twice a month! If you know how to knit or crochet, come join us as we’re always looking for new members. New to knitting or crocheting? That’s ok too! We’ll help guide you through your first prayer shawl with directions and support.
We hope to have you join us! For more information, please call the church office at 567-6287.
Left: A Blessing of the Prayer Shawls during the outdoor service in June, 2016.
The prayer shawl team has made more than 640 shawls since the group began.