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Our Hands Become God's Hands
Created By: Barbara Mays-Stock

The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John in Providence, Rhode Island, is home to a very special ministry. Four deacons and several lay women of the Diocese gather at the Cathedral each Tuesday morning to work on Prayer Shawls and afghans for those in need. The group was organized in 2007 by the Deacon of the Cathedral, Barbara Mays-Stock and is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Prayers shawls and afghans have been made for nursing home residents, hospital patients and children.



Using the prayer card suggestions on the Prayer Shawl Ministry web site, we have created a card to send along with each Prayer Shawl or afghan that we give to a person. This shares our sentiment of caring and asks Gods blessing on the person to whom the shawl is given. (Attachment: prayer shawl card)



One of the most significant ministries touched by our work is Blue Denim Ministries, which was established by Archdeacon Robin Higbie, who serves as Chaplain at Kent County Hospital, in Warwick, Rhode Island. Robin began this ministry to help many at-risk young mothers who had no resources for their babies after birth. She gathers together necessities for the babies, including diapers, clothing, baby blankets and afghans so that she can give them to moms in need leaving the hospital with their newborns.



Part of our work in the Cathedral Prayer Shawl group is to make afghans for Blue Denim Ministries, and we recently dedicated them and presented them as a part of yet another ministry; Girl Scouts working on their God and Family Religious Awards. The Girl Scouts designated Blue Denim Ministries as recipients of their Service Project, and afghans were made by the members of the Cathedral Prayer Shawl Ministry for inclusion in their donations to Blue Denim Ministries. (Attachment: Picture of the Archdeacon and Deacon Barbara receiving donations from the Girl Scouts)



We were very pleased to see the crossover of many ministries develop here at the Cathedral of Saint John, and see the development of our Prayer Shawl ministry as a piece of an integrative and continuous service for all those in need in our community. Prayer Shawls and afghans made of Lion Brand Homespun yarn are especially light and serve very well, particularly for the elderly and for those who would be uncomfortable having heavy item on them for warmth. We use this yarn for almost all of our Prayer Shawls and afghans.



My best advice for starting a Prayer Shawl Ministry is to open your group to anyone who is willing to donate their time and dedicate their services to others. It is especially transforming if ministries cross over to join other efforts, but individual ministries work well, too. Encourage those who cannot hold knitting needles for long periods of time to use the knitting loom that is made especially for Prayer Shawls, available on the DA Loom website and help them learn to use it.



Respectfully submitted,

Deacon Barbara Mays-Stock

Cathedral of Saint John

Providence, Rhode Island




 
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