The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of women who knit and crochet prayer shawls or blankets to be given to the members of Reformation or their family or friends in times of illness or grief and in times of joy and celebration. Each month the shawls are then blessed with prayer at our worship service to go forth and comfort others. In the eight years since we started our Ministry at Reformation we have made and given away over 500 shawls and all of us find that this is a project that brings as many blessings to the crafters as it does to those to receive the shawls. As one who received a shawl following surgery several years ago, I can personally attest to both the peace and happiness that comes from making the shawls, as well as the feeling of warmth and comfort and the love and presence of God’s healing hand as you cuddle up in the shawl.
The members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry meet monthly to work together on their shawls, gaining friendship and support for their fellow crafters. Typically we gather the first Wednesday of each month at 7 PM in the Women’s Connection room of the church. We also work on our shawls individually at home so if you cannot come on Wednesday evenings, it is still possible to be part of the Ministry.
If you would like to join our Ministry or would like more information about what we do, please feel free to contact Kathy Ewens or Christel Badey. You do not need to know how to crochet or knit to join our group—we will be happy to get you started with lessons and supplies. For more information on the worldwide Prayer Shawl Ministry you can check out their website or read “Knitting Into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry” by Susan S. Izard and Susan S. Jorgensen which is available in the church’s library.
If you would like a shawl to present to a member of the congregation or a family member, please contact Kathy Ewens at the email address above so she can arrange for you to get a shawl and the accompanying prayers. We also make baby blankets to be given to new babies and have white shawls available to be given to brides.
Opportunities to serve: anyone who likes to knit or crochet or would like to learn is welcome to join.