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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is an inspiring movement of people who gather to pray and knit or crochet for those in need. The ministry’s sole purpose is to give away the shawls they create -- shawls they hope will literally wrap recipients in prayer. For more information about prayer shawls, search the term 'prayer shawl' on the Internet, visit www.shawlministry.com or click here for an overview of crafting as a spiritual movement

Neighbors Reaching Out To Neighbors


My story begins with knitting while on break at work and someone asking me if I knew about the "prayer shawls"? I had read about the "Prayer shawl ministry" started by Janet Bristow & Victoria Gato in 1998 in our UCC Newsletter.

I got online & brought up all the info I could find (lots of it) along with The Lion Brand Yarn website and I knew I had to pursue it. The stories were wonderful & I couldn't wait to buy some Homespun yarn & get started on one for my pastor who was going through radiation for cancer.

I e-mailed my friend who got as excited as I was and we started planning our first "prayer shawl workshop". One week later we dedicated the shawl with our board of deacons and gave it to our pastor. We were off & running and feeling very blessed to be knitters.

On May 30th, 2003, we had our first workshop at our church on a sunny Saturday morning with 12 women in attendance, some knowing how to knit, some not. My friend compiled a wonderful packet for us with information about the ministry, Homespun yarn, prayers, etc. Our own prayer shawl ministry was starting to spread, reaching out to so many others.

Since then we have had three more workshops, spoken at another church about our ministry, taught knitting to others at a conference center (Star Island, Portsmouth NH), are on our church website. We have given approximatly 80 prayer shawls to people with terminal illnesses, the elderly, babies & new mothers, caregivers, family members, confirmands, etc.

We love all the colors & softness of the Homespun yarn and we love our ministry.


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