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A Blessing For All
Created By: Kay Callahan

My Church - Calvary Baptist - in Emporia, Virginia, is so very important to me. I constantly look for ways to involve members in the activities and work of the Church, for this is the way we can spread God's promises and love.

Three years ago a very good friend of mine and an outstanding member of the Church was stricken with cancer. In the beginning of her illness a lady in our City brought her a prayer shawl. It was just beautiful and she took it with her to the hospital. She used it and so did members of the family who stayed with her.

It was an inspiration to me and I began to think of all the things we could do for others who had special needs. I love handwork and crafts and have many friends who like to stay busy with their hands. My talents is mainly crochet, Jeannette is an avid knitter, and Robin enjoyed both. We talked and decided to start a prayer shawl ministry at Calvary. Our Pastor, Walter Laseter, has been instrumental in making the dedications during Sunday morning worship service.

We contacted ladies that we thought would be interested and brought it before the Church one Sunday morning and invited anyone who wanted to attend.

We started our meetings with 17 members in the beginning. Our average attendance is 14. We meet the first and third and fifth Tuesdays of each month. Each week a member brings a light dinner to be shared by all. Our meetings begin with a prayer and a blessing for the food. Then we enjoy the next two hours more than anyone knows. We have become a family and encourage each other in times of stress. Each one of us has received a blessing from these meetings. It is so exciting to get the thank you notes, knowing that we may have brought a smile.

We started by remembering the shutins of the Church; then the longtime members of the Church. We have made presentations to all the newborns in the Church on their special Sunday. New brides in the Church and graduates of high school and college receive a shawl or afghan. We have dedicated between 350 and 400 gifts of love.

My granddaughter was born on October 17, 2007, thirteen weeks early; and, our first two months with her was spent in the neonatal unit at Medical College of Virginia (VCU). There were some really sick children there. There, also, was the most dedicated team of doctors and nurses as well as technicians and specialists that you can imagine. My family is so blessed. Hayden Claire Lackey came home on December 19, 2007. Our group at Calvary has prepared caps and blankets that we send with our granddaughter when she goes for her follow-up care. The staff was really excited to receive these donations for the children in the unit.

Most recently we joined teams with another local Church ministry and prepared 84 scarves to go to a military group headed to Iraq. A member of the Calvary ministry has a brother-in-law who commanded this group. She told us of the cold, cold nights in that country. The scarves were done in camouflage type yarns and shipped to them in Iraq. The men were looking forward to receiving their gift.

In preparing for a new ministry, I contacted the originating group for Prayer Shaw Ministry and there was lots of information on prayers, dedications, patterns, a flyer that could be duplicated. You have to register with them in order to be recognized and work under their umbrella. I have purchased the new book that you speak about in this article. We have been able to find many free patterns on the internet that we could use also.

Get your Church involved. They will make donations for use in the Ministry and some even clean their stash out and donate it to the Church for the Ministry.

What a wonderful gift, for the giver as well as the receiver.

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