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While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Shawl Ministry

Hi, my name is Pam Palmer and I am the facilitator of the shawl ministry at Heritage United Methodist Church in Overland Park, KS. We began the ministry on 28 November 2006. It has taken off like wild fire! We are making between 15-20 shawls a month and we now have 24 women knitting and crocheting shawls. We use only Lion Brand Homespun yarn which we all love because of its wonderful texture and amazing assortment of colors. We've experimented with changing needle and hook sizes for the patterns to create shawls which are a bit lighter for warmer weather, etc... They too have turned out really lovely. I feel you can not go wrong with Lion Brand Homespun yarn. Each shawl is just so beautiful. And the recipients of the shawls are so very moved and touched by receiving them. Ours is also a prayer ministry. We pray at the opening and closing of our meetings as well as praying silently. We also have a blessing over our completed shawls. These shawls are tangible evidence of prayer offered up for the recipient. When the shawl is delivered to the recipient, they receive a prayer written personally for them by whomever made their shawl. We also keep a journal to record those prayers as well as who made the shawl for whom and the yarn and color used to make the shawl.

I learned of the shawl ministry through a dear friend, and because I am an avid knitter and crocheter I was immediately interested in starting this ministry at my church. We based our ministry on two books: The Prayer Shawl Ministry and Knitting into the Mystery. We use patterns from both of those books as well as the other shawl patterns on your Lion Brand Website. We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. We are making shawls for those grieving the loss of a loved one, those under great stress due to personal illness or illness of a loved one, the terminally ill, divorced, depressed, marriage, pregnancy, new baby, moving away etc... We also do mission work in Guatemala and recently our 3rd mission team of the year took down 14 shawls with them to be given to the Guatemalan women for whom our team builds houses. This ministry has been incredibly rewarding for all those involved, and the response from our congregation has been fantastic. All those receiving shawls have been enormously touched and have said it was like feeling God's love being wrapped around them when they put the shawl on their shoulders. What could be more rewarding than hearing that!!

The local media has not been involved in this, but sometimes I think they should since this is such a wonderful ministry it would be great to spread it around. Our church website is If you click on ministries and go to UMW and then to prayer shawls you will see our site as well as a picture of our blessing of the shawls. All the shawls in the photo were made with Lion Brand Homespun. We cannot thank you enough for making such a wonderful yarn and being so supportive of this awesome ministry. God Bless! Pam Palmer

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