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Prayer Shawl Ministry
France Memorial...
Created By: Susan Pixler

Prayer Shawl Ministry

France Memorial Presbyterian Church

Rawlins WY

Contact Sue Pixler 324-2677

The Rawlins Prayer Shawl Ministry, based on an international and ecumenical model, started on September 19, 2007 as an outreach of the France Memorial Presbyterian Church. More than 12 women meet Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at the home of Sue Pixler, an Elder in the church. The group is hoping to receive several male knitters as well. Knitters include Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, and even those unaffiliated with any church.

In the last five months over 80 beautifully hand-knit shawls have been given to people throughout the community and beyond. Some shawls have even made their way to Pennsylvania, Colorado, California, Arizona, and Nevada. Among those receiving the shawls include those with cancer, new mothers and their babies, the grieving and the stressed, those undergoing divorce or facing surgery, new brides, and sick children. The shawls are given without thought to religious affiliation. This is truly an ecumenical outreaching ministry of prayer in action.

Most of the knitters put a few stitches in every shawl. Those who don’t know how to knit are welcomed and taught. Donations of yarn have poured in.

The shawls are prayed over as they are knitted and prayed over again before they are given. “May God’s grace be upon these shawls…warming, comforting, enfolding, and embracing. May these mantles be safe havens…sacred places of security and well-being…sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones. May those who receive these shawls be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced in peace, and wrapped in love. Blessed by you, O God! Amen.”

Stories of thanks pour in from grateful recipients. In fact, a photograph album has been compiled of the happy recipients with shawls wrapped around their shoulders. But it’s not just the recipients who feel blessed. “It’s a blessing for us to give. It enriches us and gives us a sense of purpose,” the knitters say.

The group is affiliated with RSVP, Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. Hundreds of volunteer hours have been accrued which will be applied towards a grant for a community non-profit organization. COVE, Citizens Organized to see Violence Ended, is one of the organizations who will receive monies generated from this program.

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