Hi, my name is Rosette Hargett. I am a member of Rush Temple AME Zion Church in Jamaica, NY. Rev. Melvin L Tate is our Pastor. I started a Prayer Shawl Ministry at our church called God’s Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry on July 6, 2010. I mentioned to Pastor’s wife Rev. Katrina Tate about my knitting club on my job and how we knitted & crocheted lap robes and gave them to the VA hospital in Manhattan. So I asked her if we can do something like that at our church.
Since we started God’s Hugs in July 2010, we have a total of 15 members and it’s growing. We also teach how to knit and crochet. We have made over 500 prayer shawls & lap robes that we have given out to the sick and shut in, someone with special needs in church and in the community. We gave 15 comfort scarves to the AAA program at our church, 10 baby blankets to the prison nursery at Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers Island. In October 2013, we donated 80 prayers shawl and lap robes to Queens Hospital Cancer Center and Friendship Center for seniors in Jamaica, Queens. We are about to donate baby blankets to Queens Hospital Center, Pediatrics Dept in a few weeks.
We make about 150 shawls and lap robes a year and we have used Lion Brand Homespun, Pound of Love yarn and the donations we received from to Mr. David Blumenthal. Thanks again Mr. Blumenthal!
Our mission of this ministry is to let people in need know of our concern for them and that they are being lifted up in prayer. We have touched so many people lives.
Our prayer shawls are not for sale. They are gifts, which we give from our hearts and are given away freely as an expression of God’s love and amazing grace.
We received this thank you letter from the Queens Hospital Cancer Center:
I was so very uplifted yesterday by your delightful visit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous gift of prayer shawls and lap robes, not only for our patients, but for me as well. You will be happy to know that I felt God's hug through each of you and again as I sat at my desk with the shawl around me in my very chilly office. I began sharing the shawls and want you to know how well received they are. There is such tremendous value in giving such beautiful, hand-crafted articles with blessings and prayers knitted and crocheted into them. As is true for me, the receiver experiences amazement and joy in receiving something so meaningful and beautiful, made from someone who cares and yet who is unknown, a special gift from a fellow-traveler on this journey of life, during a time that is challenging and often painful. I pray that each of you who are part of God's Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry be blessed by our loving God in whatever way is most needed at this time in your life.
Someone from the AAA program loved the comfort scarves we gave the group that she joined God’s Hugs. P. M. cried and said someone really cares, Thank you…. The list goes on and on with testimonies. The look on everyone's faces who received a prayer shawl will always remind us why we do this. It was so awesome! It was a great experience for us. Only what we do for Christ will last and this is forever!
I would encourage knitters and crocheters to get involved with a prayer shawl ministry and help their community. The prayer shawl ministry encourages us to work with intention, to inspire their work with blessings for the person. You will definitely be Blessed!
God's Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry
Rush Temple A.M.E. Zion Church
119-48 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11434
Rosette Hargett, Servant Leader
Rev. Katrina Tate, Spiritual Advisor
Rev. Melvin L. Tate, Pastor
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