PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
A MINISTRY OF CONGREGATIONAL CARE
Written by Rev. Hardy Tippett
The Prayer Shawl Ministry began in 2005 with eight members who purchased their own yarn. In 2015 there are 40 plus knitters/crocheters whose hands have provided at least a thousand shawls to celebrate the gift of love, friendship, and caring. They offer comfort during illness, surgery, loss of loved ones, and for various celebrations. Shawls are available upon request not only for members but for family and friends .
Although most of the knitting/crocheting is done at home, a monthly meeting is scheduled the second Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Faith Classroom for a time of fellowship, sharing skills and ideas, sharing “thank you notes” and choosing yarn for the next shawl which is now provided. The meeting is closed with a prayer to bless new shawls. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this ministry may come to the September 9th meeting or call Susan Balentine; the team leader.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry was begun following the
Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace as well as celebrations and joy.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is patterned after the one developed by Janet Bristow and Vistoria Galo, two graduates of the Women’s Leadership Institute at the Hartford Seminary.who gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in a program of applied Feminist Spirituality.
1998, Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS. Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy