This ministry began in 2010, and so far we have given out over 20 shawls to people who could use a shawl. Here is how it works. Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient.
Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed it is offered a final ritual before being sent along its way.
As this gift has been sent along, some recipients have continued the kindness by making one themselves and passing it onto someone in need.
Thus, the blessing is rippled from person to person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God.
There are many possibilities for this ministry – here are some to help you: Undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss, during bereavement, prayer or meditation, commitment or marriage ceremonies, birthing, nursing a baby; as a bridal shower gift; leading ritual; first menses or crowning rites of passage, during an illness and recovery; ministering to others or just socializing… There are endless possibilities!
This community group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the church for knitting, prayer, and hearing stories from those who have received a shawl. Our coordinator for this ministry is Alice Ludwig.