Ministry of the week: Prayer Shawl Ministry

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The Prayer Shawl Ministry was organized by two graduates, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo,  from Hartford Seminary in 1998. However the Grace Prayer Shawl Ministry was founded by Julie in 2003, with six to eight ladies until we grew to 20 members!

prayer_shawl_ministryThe love of knitting and crocheting has been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. The knitter/crocheter starts with and continues with a prayer shawl prayer throughout the entire creation of the shawls and until they are completed.

The shawls are given those undergoing medical procedures, in times of loss, for weddings, births, and at the baptism of anyone who is baptized in our church. The shawls are also distributed during illness and in recovery.

“Historically, the prayer shawl was used by the Jewish people as a symbol of their connection to the Lord and as reminder of their duty to uphold the commandments. The prayer shawl continues to be a significant part of rituals and is worn at births, deaths, weddings and other celebratory events. It is believed to bring the recipient in touch physically and spiritually with the presence of God and there are numerous references to its use in the Bible. It is through Jesus Christ that this heritage has become part of Christianity” (from

We meet in the Parish Hall on the first Saturday of each month, at 12 pm for a light lunch of soup, snacks and dessert. The gathering starts with prayers, sharing, knitting, socializing and ministering to one another. Once a shawl is completed, either The Rev. Katheryn King or The Rev. Daniel Richards will bless them, preparing them to be distributed,  It is then stored until someone contacts the office or lets us know of someone who would appreciate receiving one. A card is attached that explains the significance of the shawl and delivery is arranged. Often we have a cupboard full of completed shawls and sometimes it is almost bare.

We welcome people who enjoy knitting, crocheting, weaving and sewing, any age and any gender. Please join us! For more information, call Maxcella Latimer at  231-947-6375

The Prayer Shawl Blessing

May God’ s grace be upon this shawl…
Warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing.
May this shawl be a safe haven…A sacred place of security and well-being….Sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones.
May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy,
graced with peace and wrapped in love.
~Janet Bristow, 1998
(used by permission,

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