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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 or click here for an overview of crafting as a spiritual movement

Comfort in Cloth

One of the knitting magazines my mom gave to me for a Christmas present had an article about the Shawl Ministry. Praying while making a shawl for someone sounded like a perfect ministry for me. I have always thought about the recipient of my projects while making them, this would take the projects to another level. Using Homespun in Covered Bridge Red I have made 2 prayer shawls so far, with another in the process in turquoise. With each of the shawls I added a card explaining what the shawl was for and what it represented. It felt good making them. I prayed more for the recipients and their families than I normally would. I didn't realize what this would mean to the people who received them until 2-3 days after having one delivered.

The woman called me early in the morning, crying, thanking me for the shawl and explaining how it made her feel. She told me she sleeps with it every night. I didn't realize how powerful a tangible reminder of people's prayers can be to someone who is so sick she can't leave her home. My hope is that this will expand in my church. So far, one of my friends has taught herself to crochet so she can make prayer shawls for other people.

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Click here to download the free pattern to crochet or knit a prayer shawl
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