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Isn't it amazing what God can do with a little bit of yarn.
Created By: Sharon Abrams

I am the prayer coordinator at my church. Over the years we have tried numerous prayer activities which hopefully would include all of our congregation. We were not successful in doing this. After praying with my pastor for several years weekly for God to reveal His plan for our church to have a successful prayer ministry that would include everyone who walked through our doors, our prayers were answered!

I was at a weekend retreat, and a new friend was telling me about a prayer shawl ministry she read about and how she was thinking about starting it at her church. I really felt like this might work at my church also. This was in the Spring of 2006. This idea was introduced to our church almost immediately upon my return. A large basket was placed in our foyer for yarn donations, and we set a date to begin in October.

When October 2006 rolled around, we had an overflowing basket of yarn and a group of anxious ladies ready to start.

We meet once a week on Thursday evening from 7-9pm and work on our prayer shawls. We have a devotion and share prayer concerns as well as enjoying each others company.

On October of 2007 we celebrated our one year anniversary.

We have been nick named the "Yarners", a group of anywhere from 5-15 women.

At our celebration we had made a distributed over 200 prayer shawls. They have been sent across the country to many states as well as Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

On Sunday morning the shawls are prayed over by our Pastor and then passed through our entire congregation and each and every person in attendance holds and prays over the shawl. They are neatly tied up with yarn and have a tag with the recipient's name on it which reads:

This Prayer Shawl has been created with love and prayers. As we crochet and knit we pray for the people who will receive the shawls we are working on. Then when completed the shawl is prayed over by the pastor and each member of congregation present for the Sunday morning worship. Lifting the specific person who will receive the shawl to God.



This prayer ministry has been such a huge blessing to our entire church family. We have received so many notes and cards conveying thanks and telling us of God's healing miracles and how these shawls have brought such comfort and peace. They have strengthened our faith and service to the Lord.

There has not been one Sunday since this ministry began in October 2006 that we have not had a request for a shawl to be prayed over and delivered to someone in need.

As of this Sunday, 2-17-08, we have made and distributed 316 prayer shawls.

My advise on starting a prayer shawl ministry at your own church would be to meet with your pastor and/or prayer coordinator to discuss the idea and pray about it. Select a start date several months away and announce it each Sunday. I would also suggest placing a basket or large container in your church foyer for donations of yarn so that you can involve your congregation from the beginning. Also ask for their prayers of support and God's blessing on this new ministry. Ask for volunteers to help teach others to knit and crochet so no one is excluded in this ministry.

I cannot begin to express what a blessing this ministry has been to my church and how it has turned my church into a House of Prayer!




 
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