Please visit the Prayer Shawl Ministry Table in the Gathering Area!
You're probably familiar with a “Prayer Shawl Ministry,” but what is it really, what does it mean and how can you become involved? The ministry was started in 1998 by two women, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, after graduating from The Hartford Seminary and has spread to all corners of the country and abroad. There are different kinds of shawl or blanket ministries; there is even a teddy bear ministry. Shawls or blankets may be knitted, crocheted or quilted; there are as many creative ways to make a prayer wrap as there are those willing to share their creativity.
As each prayer wrap is created it is done prayerfully and intended to help the recipient feel wrapped in God’s love and sheltered in His care. Not only are the prayer wraps created with prayer; each one is given special attention in a blessing service, either in a group within the church or a worship service.
How can you become involved? Anyone willing to share their creativity is welcome to join the prayer shawl ministry group to crochet, knit or quilt; patterns are easy and help is available. Can’t knit, crochet or quilt? There is always a need for supplies.
Who are the recipients of these prayer wraps? The needs are varied and endless; health issues, loss of a loved one, nursing home resident, etc., as well as times of joy and celebration.
If you know someone who would benefit from a prayer wrap, please fill out a request form and place it in the basket on the Prayer Shawl Ministry table in the gathering area.
For more information, contact the church office.