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Blessings Abound!
Created By: Vicki Bridges

Nearly two years ago I was looking at the Lion Brand website for a new pattern when I came upon the link to the Prayer Shawl Ministry. I read and read and knew this was something I wanted to do at my church (Avon United Methodist Church). I went right out and bought the book Knitting into the Ministry by Susan S. Jorgensen and Susan S. Izard. Then it was time to act! I bought some beautiful Lion Brand Homespun yarn and started a shawl. I hadn't told anyone at this point what I was doing, but eventually took the almost completed shawl to my ladies circle at church and explained what it was all about. They all thought it was beautiful yarn and so soft and wanted to know when I was planning on getting stareted making them. I hadn't really made a plan to organize an entire group of people for this ministry, but God had the plan, of course. Not long after that a young by in our church was hit by a car and very seriously injured. His mother was part of our Koinonia Circle. I knew that day why I had been making the prayer shawl. It has to be given his mother, Carol. I finished it, put a card with it that had a prayer, care instructions and our church name and address. I took it to our next meeting, and we all held it and prayed for Carol, her son, and all the family and then gave it to her.

After that I talked with our pastor about the prayer shawl ministry, and she said "Go for it!" An organizational meeting was held and the purpose and mission of the ministry was discussed. We prayed for all we might do to make a difference in our congregation. We decided that our pastors should be the ones to make the decision about who would be given a shawl.

This is how it works: if the pastors know of someone or are told of someone who would benefit from a shawl, they choose one or have someone choose one from the cabinet we store them in. On Sunday morning the shawl(s) are placed in the sanctuary on the table made by our woodworking ministry team. The pastor then invites each of us during every worship service to stop, place a hand on the shawl and pray for the one who will receive it. Often times we don't know who we're making the shawl for or who we are praying for on that Sunday morning, but we still pray.

We currently have about 20 people knitting or crocheting. Some of us meet once a month for an hour or two to work on our shawls. It's a great time for fellowship and prayer. We enjoy seeing all the different shawls people are making.

When we started we decided we would only give them to our congregation, but now the word is out and we give them to people in our community, friends or co-workers of our church family, and we have even sent them to Hurricane Katrina victims. After an article was published in our newspaper recently about our prayer shawl ministry, a man called the church office to ask for one for his wife who was ill. He had no ties to our church at all. We not only took his wife a prayer shawl, but also took one of our prayer blankets to him. That same article brought many phone calls and e-mails from people asking what they might do to help us or asking how they start a prayer shawl ministry of their own.

If you are insterested in starting a prayer shawl ministry, first of all pray about it. God will lead you as he did me with regard to how and who and why. Ask others in your church for help and advice and plan it together. Just get started and watch God work!

It is amazing and wonderful to receive so many sincere, loving notes from people and hear the stories of people taking them into the operating room or sleeping with them every night and the comfort they find in one of the shawls. The thing that most inspired me about this ministry is those people who are thankful that someone they don't even know would be praying for them. But I say those of us making the shawls are the ones who are blessed by touching people's lives for God in this way.

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