Prayer Shawl Ministry
First United Methodist Church has an active Prayer Shawl Ministry. Please feel free to notify the church of your need for a shawl. The shawls are a physical reminder of the love, strength, and prayers that are with each of us.
We would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in knitting or crocheting shawls to join our craft group in room 103 at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays for fellowship and your choice of craft. Please also check with the office for supplies. At times we do have yarn donated for those who would like to pick some up for a project. Also, cash contributions to purchase yarn for this ministry are welcomed.
In 1998, Janet 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. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl.
Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!
Paula Duncan is heading up this wonderful ministry that provides a prayer shawl to those in need.