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Tower of the Lord Prayer Shawl Ministry
Created By: W Wendy

In August one of the women in our church, Darlene,told ua that she had read a Debbie Macomber Book, "Back to the Shop on Blossom Street". Many of us are fans of Debbie's stories. Darlene loves to crochet and suggested we start a "Prayer Shawl Ministry". Several of us said we would meet in the church Parlor after church in September.

We started with about 5 women, with one a beginner and a lefty to boot, but we were determined to teach her. We all crochet, no Knitters. Our group has grown to about 15 ladies now and we have even taught a girl scout troop the art of crocheting. We keep a journal of all the shawls that are given out, who crocheted them, the color, and the reason, ie: illness, bearevement, surgery, new baby, wedding etc. Each shawl (or sometimes lap robes, made with our scrap yarns) are given with a folder of prayers, the symbolism of the colors and the explaination of the stitches, often done in 3 for the trinity. Several of the people we have given shawls to have passed away but the families decided to keep the shawl in the family. I personally met an old woman in the waiting room of Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in November while I was crocheting. my daughter was having tests done. She admired my work and we talked for at least an hour. before I left i got her name and address and sent her the shawl I was working on. She sent me a lovely letter and said that I "changed her Life".

We keep all the thank yous we have received and plan to do a Church Scrapbook. Several weeks ago the local newspaper came to photograph us and talk to us for a news article which should be out soon. We also presented a couple in our church (both deacons and married in December) with a White Wedding Shawl... our Pastor read the blessing for them. We also gave 6 others out that day. By January we had given close to 40 or 50, but as March approaches our number is closer to 100. We also present every baby baptized in our church with a baby prayer shawl.

The gathering of the different generations of women have been inspiring to all. We tease Geri who has about a foot done on her first shawl that the receiver of hers will have to be someone special as it might take her a yr to finish... she is our left handed crocheter... The ladies tease each other that we are "happy holy hookers" since we don't knit, but it is an inside joke.

the joy we have had with our gifts and the love we have gotten back cannot be matched. No two shawls have been the same and most of our women make up their own patterns. I am sorry we didn't photograph each one before it was presented.

I just finished a pink and lavender one for a girl at church whose best friend's mom found out she has breast cancer. I got a call, "can you have one by Sunday"...I stayed up past Midnight, but it is done.

We also have had many requests for the wedding shawls as well.

We do not have any funding and the ladies buy all their own yarn which for some of the elderly on a fixed income is costly. We have asked our congregation to donate yarn but it is slow in coming in. It comes in much slower than the shawls going out. Our Shawl ministry has been a blessing to each of our ladies. I just hope we can continue to meet the demand. Thank you. Wendy Paffenroth

First Presbyterian Church, Goshen NY Prayer Shawl Ministry.

If you send me an address I will send you the article when it appears in the paper. thanks

let me answer the quetions..we have grown from a handful of crocheters to at least 15, close to if not more than 100 people have benefited...our shawls have gone to Tenn, Florida, utah, Virginia, Penn. Mass. & Texas among other places. For example, one lady in our church came to us.Her 23 yr.old neice died in Texas and she needed 3 shawls, on for the husband, one for her parents and the other for the girls siblilng. The prayers were typed, shawls picked out of our "supply" and they were shipped right off to Texas. One lady who doesn't come often to church needed heart surgery. We immediately got a Lap-robe to her (she would be in a wheelchair for a spell and we thought a lap cover was appropriate and Dorothy turns them out like crazy).. Mrs. G. told us that until you are on the other side you don't know what it means to get one. The love came through that gift and helped her heal in every way.

Some of the women crochet every day. Some of us whenever we can. In fact on a recent trip to Tenn. to see my Navy son I made 3 shawls while my husband drove.

Other churches in our area are starting ministrys. Also several people I have worked with in several schools are crocheting on their own now. We are bringing back a lost art. We just wish we had better yarn stores. Our craft stores never have a supply and they charge full price. Thank you.

Unfortuanately we don't have any pictures just yet.

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