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Our prayer shawl ministry began in January 2007,...
Created By: Phyllis Apkarian

Our prayer shawl ministry began in January 2007, when Ruth Ann Collins, a member of our church decided to focus her energies on creative issues instead of fund-raising. Ruth Anne called for an organizational meeting on a Tuesday evening, and more than 25 women appeared. We have met every 1st and 3rd Tuesday since then. While our initial interest was in knitting preemie hats for those infants in the Neonatal intensive care unit at L & M Hospital in New London, CT, we also wanted to focus our attention on crochet and knit chemo caps for the ECHO Cancer Foundation at Backus Hospital. And we also knit and crochet prayer shawls for those of our church family experiencing bereavement, or cancer treatment. Our members have benefited from this because it is a healing exercise for us to come together to help each other, help those who are hurting. Just being in the comfortable meeting room at church, with candles lit on the coffee table, one knows that something special is happening.



If I were to advise others on starting new groups, I would encourage them to do so. Plan on one night, be surprised how many show up, and be open for local opportunities. Rather than send our gifts long distances, we keep our gifts close by.

And take loads of pictures!


 
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