Dear Lion Brand Yarn Company
A few months ago I was reviewing your free crocheting patterns, as I usually do on a regular basis, and there it was! I saw a listing for a prayer shawl and immediately did some research on the Internet concerning same.
Many of our church family are senior citizens and live alone.
Using your prayer shawl pattern and Homespun yarn I quickly whipped up a beautiful shawl for one of our church family who recently found out she has M.S.
I asked permission and recieved same to present it to her husband at Sunday School about a month later. During the presentation I explained to our church members about the history of the prayer shawl and the prayer shawl ministry, I then asked permission to begin a prayer shawl ministry at our church. The response was overwhelmingly YES!
I quickly organized a meeting at our church and 10 church members volunteered to join and knit or crochet. I made up packets of information concerning the prayer shawl, prayers and a lot of patterns from your website. Then I emptied one of my closets of leftover yarns and extra needles.
As of Sunday, 5/23/04, 6 prayer shawls have been presented to those with serious illnesses, injuries from falls, those with illnesses related to old age, those in nursing homes.
This has been a mutually beneficial project for our church members to undertake. Those that have volunteered to knit/crochet have been rewarded by the act of praying/making the prayer shawl for someone else, especially our elderly members some of whom have not knit/crochet in years!
Also, the recipients are so overwhelmed by the thought, prayer and time put into the shawl, the feelings are as comforting as the shawl. There is no more comforting feeling but to know that someone cares so much about you that they took time to pray for you and create a beautiful, comforting shawl to help you get through the difficult times that life brings.
There are six more projects in the making right now. We hold meetings every two weeks at our church where we "show and tell" what we are working on, who it is for and if there are any new names to add to the list of recipients of prayer shawls.
Anyone that is close to finishing one quickly snaps up a new name and goes to the yarn cabinet for supplies (which is quickly dwindling away!). It is hard to say how much time each person spends on their shawls, beside the 45 minute meetings we have every two weeks, but suffice it to say that 6 shawls presented in the past two months sounds like a lot of needle work to me!
We also have one member who is a beginner and doing a wonderful job.
As I said earlier, it is a mutually beneficial project. Everyone is rewarded. There is no better feeling in the world but to know that you have touched someone's life in a special way such as this.
I praise the Lord for leading me back to your website time and again, in order to make this worthwile prayer shawl pattern discovery and enable our church to create this organization of love and faith.
And I would like to encourage other organizations to reach out to their community in this way!
Our church is: Plymouth Meeting Evangelical Congregational Church, located at 42 E. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, 610-828-6650