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Knit One, Pray Too
Created By: Deanna Van Schagen

One hundred shawls and four years later we, at Quincy Point Congrgational Church, United Church of Christ could not imagin us without our Prayer Shawl Ministry.

In the spring of 2004 I stood at the lecturn on a windy March Sunday morning and told the story of a lady coming to my home with something to knit while waiting for her friend. I, being crazy about anything to do with fiber asked what she was making, shortly after her visit I received a packet in the mail telling all about the Prayer Shawl Ministry in her church. At the same time another woman from our church had been invited to be a guest at a prayer shawl group. Both of us were taken by this ministry and brought the information as well as our enthusiasm to our pastor to tell her of our glorious discovery. Rev.Ann put us in contact with each other and here we are!

At that same time we invited all who would like to learn more about this ministry to gather at coffee hour. And that was the beginning of our journey.

Knowing how to knit was not a requirement, we would teach and guide you along the way. We have two groups, one that meets in the morning and an evening group. We also have knitters that we have never met who are friends of knitters that live too far away or are homebound. We have taught many how to knit which has opened up a whole new world to these folk.

Today we have 20 knitters who have made nearly 100 shawls. We have given 64 shawls to those who are sick, to those who are greiving, to new mothers with premature babies, to celebrate a 100th birthday,to a child with a brain tumor.

There are usually two people that go to visit when a prayer shawl is givin. Here is one accounting of such a visit:

Carol and Jan were bent on visiting with Joyce on this particular day. Her daughter was very ill and we wanted her to have a prayer shawl. Joyce was touched with the prayer shawl and mentioned that she would share it with her daughter even thou her daughter did not want a prayer shawl. During the course of conversation Joyce told them that this day was the 5th anniversary of her husbands death. Her daughter, very ill with cancer came home to sleep that night in her childhood bed and slept with the shawl she didn't want wrapped around her.

You just never can tell about that Holy Spirit.

Here are some of the responses we have recieved:

"Just know that when you make a prayer shawl and give it to someone, it can reach people you may never see or know, but your ministy is like a ripple in a pond that just reaches out. Thank you for your special effort to make this wonderful and beautiful child happy. Grace and Peace, Carol Johnston"

From Paul Thistle, organist at QPCC - in part-

"How wonderful it felt as I read thru the prayers. The warmth of the hands of your ministry and those who made it, truly were felt. The Power of God and HIs healing powers were a wonder to explain. May the Peace of God walk and gladden your hearts each day."

"My sincere appreciation to you and your ministry team members for the lovely blue prayer shawl. It is so watm and comforting, particularly since my current medications are making me chilly all the time."

Jan had a call from the friend that introduced her to the prayer shawl ministry just a month ago asking if we had any extra prayer shawls, they were out and two of their church families had faced tragedy as their sons were in a car accident, one young boy died and the other is paralized. We were able to share our shawls with our sister church in their time of need.

We have a Women's Sunday Service on Mothers day, the shawls are arranged on the altar and they are blessed during the service. It is so beautiful to see the colorful shawls at the altar, knowing they will help to keep someone warm and safe in the prayers that were knit into each and every shawl.

Praise be to God.

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