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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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Prayer Shawl Ministry - St. Mary's Church, Rochester, NY

I heard about the Prayer Shawl Ministry through a friend of mine. I purchased the book, "Knitting Into The Mystery" and brought the idea of this ministry to my church, specifically, Sr. Kay Heverin. Together, we started putting notices in our church bulletin and the friend who introduced me to this ministry gave me a Prayer Shawl as a gift from her church to our church. St. Mary's Church purchased the first batch of Lion Brand Homespun in a wide variety of colors - enough for about 30 shawls.

This ministry has taken off better than we could have hoped. We have 40+ women donating their time and talents to making the shawls, many at their own expense. We have the shawls blessed at weekend services on a regular basis and the shawls then go out to those in need. We can't make them fast enough and since September, 2004 have given away approximately 35 prayer shawls.

One particular shawl was given to the mother of a teenaged girl who had been killed in a tragic car accident. The shawl color was purple, which happened to be the Mom's favorite color. She wrote us a note saying how much comfort she got from the shawl - she even wears it to bed. She has now asked to join our ministry to make shawls for others. The Prayer Shawl Ministry has come full circle.

On a personal note, I lost my father to cancer 2 1/2 years ago. I know he would have loved a prayer shawl not only for the warmth, but for being wrapped in prayers. He is my motivation for moving this ministry forward.

We are very blessed to have such dedicated knitters and crocheters.


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