Knit and crochet to bring comfort to others! Shallowford’s prayer shawl ministry creates shawls and distributes them to people in our community who are going through a hard time and could use a little warmth and care. Shallowford’s prayer shawl ministry is a rich experience both for those who produce the shawls and those who receive them. Since the beginning of the ministry in 2006, Shallowford participants have created over 1,000 prayer shawls as gifts for others.
Prayer Shawl Knit/Crochet Workshops are hosted in the Shallowford Youth Center periodically on Saturdays, 11 am – 1:30 pm. Everyone is invited to learn or teach others. Check the calendar for upcoming workshop dates. Contact Denise Webber to RSVP and get supplies information.
What makes a shawl a Prayer Shawl? The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient as he or she knits or crochets a simple shawl. The maker continues to weave prayers into every stitch throughout the shawl’s creation. At its completion, the Prayer Shawl receives a final blessing and is gift wrapped to be given to a person or family in need.
Rev. Chris Henry says, “The prayer shawl ministry shares the prayers, love, and concern of the Shallowford Presbyterian Church community in a powerfully tangible way … to our brothers and sisters close by and across the globe.”
Denise Webber says, “I lead a Prayer Shawl Ministry because I was first a prayer shawl recipient. I know how deeply my heart was touched by this selfless gift from someone else … My husband and I knew someone cared and that made the difference in helping us to move forward. I wanted to be a part of this group that touches the heart of hurting people.”
Read more about the impact the prayer shawl ministry has on members of our local community on page 4 in the 2017 Spring/Summer issue of Sacred Space Magazine.