The Shawl Ministry’s mission is to bring God’s love to those in need of comfort. A circle of women began to gather in people’s homes to knit and crochet prayer shawls for friends who were ill. In January 2008, the group became a mission of the Mariner Sands Chapel. The circle has grown to consistently include over 40 participants every year.
Shawl Ministry works on a variety of projects. Shawls are made for people who are sick, hospitalized, or undergoing medical treatments. We make lap robes for those who are confined to wheelchairs and chemo caps for individuals undergoing chemotherapy. Red-white-blue afghans are made for our veterans, and we have made wool hats and scarves for active duty servicemen and women. Baby blankets, hats and booties are completed for needy newborns, and children’s’ blankets have been given to a variety of organizations. Each year, we send hats, scarves and mittens to Native Americans and to children in Appalachia. Our group has also participated in the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” project of the American Red Cross.
When each piece is completed, the group prays for the recipients, and a card with the following prayer is attached to each item:
“May God’s grace be upon this shawl, warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing.
May this shawl be a safe haven…a sacred place of security and well-being.
May you be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace and wrapped in love. Blessed Be!”
(Janet Bristow, Knitting into the Mystery, 2003)
At the start of the pandemic, we responded to the immediate need for face masks both within Mariner Sands and outside of our community. We recruited members and friends with sewing machines and produced over 300 handmade face masks.
Come join us! Make new friends and enjoy a special fellowship. Women who are not knitters continue to support us by making prayer cards, donating supplies and mailing cartons.