Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God! Shawls and other comfort patterns can be knitted or crocheted.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry has two types of meetings:
1st Thursday of the month, 10:30-noon
All members are welcome to attend. We have a short prayer and members can come to learn how to knit or crochet, get help with a new pattern or complicated stitch or just come and enjoy one another's company as they craft.
For more information, contact Sandy Mack 609-654-8537 firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Thursday, 10:30-noon
3rd Friday, 7:30-9:00
We bundle and bless the Shawls, Pocket Prayer Shawls, baby blankets for the Lehigh Valley NICU, and scarves made and donated by the members of the ministry. We also collect items for a couple of homeless ministries we're connected to. We pray for all those who have received our shawls and all those who will receive shawls in the coming year with special emphasis on those who will be married and those who attend the Bereavement meetings. We conduct a formal meeting and discuss ministry business. The Pm meeting is relatively new so we also do instruction at that meeting as well.
We do not require members to attend meetings. We have several "at home" members. There are no requirements and there is no rush. We firmly believe that when what we are working on is completed, the recipient is ready to receive it.
NEW members should contact our Membership Chair, Joyce McNally:
(609) 654-0910 email@example.com
Members need not RSVP for General Meetings.