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What is a prayer shawl ministry?

   * Shawls have been made for centuries; they are universal and embracing; they comfort and enfold; wrap and warm; mother and hug; shelter and beauty. those who make and receive shawls are loved and blessed. People knit shawls for many differ net reasons. Shawls celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, friendship and love. Shawls console those who are grieving, comfort those who are ill, bring hope to those who are in despair. Parents knit shawls for their children, children knit shawls for ageing parents. The reason to knit a shawl are as numerous as the people who knit and receive them.* Come and share yourself and your stories as you work on your shawl. We talk; we listen; we silently pray for the person who will be receiving our shawl as the creating process is taking place. As a group, we pray together over each shawl that is finished and bless it. We feel as though the person who will receive it has been woven into the fabric of our own life over time.

* Our knitting weaves us – our hearts and our souls – into the truth of God’s love.

* Knitting Into the Mystery ministry began on a cold morning in January 2000, when ten women gathered around a candle in rockers and chairs with their knitting needles and yarn. They helped each other when needed, discussed the variety of colours being knitted, chatted with excitement and had such a good time they decided to meet the following month. By word of mouth, the attendance doubled because the story of this ministry began to unfold. Once shawls began to be given away, stories came back to the group from recipients of these shawls; thank you notes were shared; a ministry was born and continues.

* Excerpts taken from Knitting Into the Mystery – A Guide to the Shawl Knitting Ministry by Susan S. Jorgensen & Susan S. Izard

As the shawls are knitted, crocheted, or sewn, prayers are offered for the one who will be receiving the shawl. Some of the time you will not know who will be receiving the shawl at the time it is being made, so the prayers may be general. The shawls are gathered together and blessed by the prayer shawl ministry group. A dedication service and blessing may also be a part of church services when a number of shawls are completed and ready for distribution.
The knitting pattern is simple and the knitting action is peaceful. Prayers are knit into each shawl. When complete and before given away a shawl is blessed during a special time at a regular Sunday church service. A card which was chosen by our group is placed with the shawl. The bulk of the knitting is done alone and is a restorative time for the knitter. Once a month the group gathers in a member’s home to knit in community. A candle is lit and a prayer of choice is shared by the hostess. As the knitting happens conversation about yarn, needles and life unfold. This time is about an hour.

Come and join us!
There is great fellowship in this ministry as we come together for a common purpose.
We meet on the first Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m. in Trinity Lounge at the church.
We welcome all who are willing to knit or crochet and pray for others.
Even if you can’t come to the meetings, you can still be part of this ministry!

For further information or if you are interested in being part of this ministry
please contact Anne Corbett