The Prayer Shawl Ministry began at New Sharon United Methodist Church with a group of women who enjoy handwork and were inspired to begin the ministry. Ministry members meets every Wednesday at 7pm in the Prayer Room at the Worship Center to share projects and pray over the shawls or other comfort items they have created.
Besides knitting and crocheting, comfort items may also include woven, sewn, quilted, or machine knitted afghans, lap robes or ponchos. Congregation members are encouraged to submit the name when they know of someone who would benefit from a gift of prayer and comfort.
Prayer and love of handwork have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted or crocheted into every comfort item. The maker begins each comfort item with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the comfort item. When the comfort item is completed, every month on Communion Sunday, prayer is offered over these items before being sent along its way.
As the comfort item is 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!
What It Means to You or a Friend to Receive a Prayer Shawl
A prayer shawl is meant to bring comfort to you, the wearer and an awareness of God's presence in your daily life. God knows your deepest needs and you can trust His promise to sustain you.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry at New Sharon United Methodist Church makes shawls, afghans, lap quilts, and other comfort items depending on the age and circumstances of the recipient.
The person who made your item prayed while they were making it. That person may not have known your name or your circumstances but their prayer was that this item would bring you God’s comfort for the challenges you are facing.
Remember when you or a friend rests the prayer shawl gift on the shoulders or across the lap, you are covered in prayer as well as the love of your church family. Wear it for its beauty, for its warmth, for its solace, for comfort in prayer.
Whether in times of distress or moments of joy, please know that this gift is offered to you in God's love.
the Ties that Bind”
If you would like to receive a prayer shawl or would like to have one to give to a friend or family member in need, they are provided at no charge. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 641.637.2561