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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

To lovingly create Prayer Shawls for people needing the warm arms of concern wrapped around them.



Purpose
The Prayer Shawl Ministry Members knit/crochet shawls that are given to persons who are: undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; marriage ceremonies; birthing, nursing a baby; bridal shower or wedding gift; during an illness and recovery; ministering to others; graduation, birthday, anniversary, holiday gifts; or just socializing...there are endless possibilities!

The Prayer Shawl/Blanket is an outward and visible sign of Godís love, grace and presence in our lives.

About the Shawls
The word "Shawl" comes into the English language in 1662, from the Persian word shAL. Shawls have been made for centuries; universal and embracing; they comfort and enfold; wrap and warm; mother and hug; shelter and beautify, those who knit and receive shawls are loved and blessed.

History
A group of women who participated in the first Women's leadership Institute at Harford Seminary, Harford, Connecticut, began this shawl-knitting ministry in 1998.

Vicky Galo started knitting shawls for women who were undergoing treatment for cancer and other illnesses; Janet Bristow started knitting shawls for new mothers. Other members of the Institute began knitting shawls for their friends, family members, and people who just needed a shawl.

People knit/crochet shawls for many different reasons. Shawls celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, friendship and love, and professional and personal achievements. If one could wear the heartfelt sentiments often found in a greeting card, it would be a shawl.

Why Bless the Shawls
Jesus' favorite blessing was "Peace be with you"

Material objects such as food and the Communion elements may also be blessed. The power of God is conveyed through blessing. It may explain why Jesus' garment (Matt. 9:20; 14:36), Paul's handkerchiefs and aprons (Acts 19:12) could bring healing. Jesus blessed food regularly. The disciples who walked Emmaus with Him recognized Jesus as he blessed and broke bread (Luke 24:30-31). Before distributing the food to the five thousand, He blessed it as he thanked God for it. (Luke 9:16)

With regard to Communion elements, Paul spoke of blessing the cup used in the Lord's Supper
(1 Cor. 10:16, KJV). We follow Jesus' example and the apostles and bless the Shawls with God's healing power!



How to Get Involved
Knit/Crochet a Prayer Shawl. *Patterns are available.

Request a shawl for a friend or loved one you know.

Make a donation. The Prayer Shawl Ministry relies solely on the generousity of others.


When and Where
Our Groups meets:
Last Saturday of the month from 10:00-11:00 am at the Youth Center.

We turn in all finished Prayer Shawls. We help and encourage each other.

On Sunday the Prayer Shawls are blessed at our 10:00am Worship Service by Fr.Rand.

Prayer Shawl Contact:
Kathryn Reasoner
Pray2jc@sbcglobal.net

Prayer Shawl Team:
Connie Bartz
Joi Chase
Kathie Clark
Jennifer Frost
Leslie Jackson
Shirley Michel
Isobel Miller
Margie Pavlowsky
Kathryn Reasoner
Paula Roe
Marge Stanton
Kati Warr