Prayer Shawl Ministry Gathering

If you are interested in finding out about prayer shawls or continuing your knitting ministry, come and join us for a cup of tea, cake and a chat on Tuesday 5th September at 2.30pm in St Mary’s Church Beaminster. We welcome new people who would like to find out more about this ministry which is particularly suitable for the winter months. Bring any new shawls you have completed and would like prayed for.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The prayer shawl knitting ministry started in the USA in 1998. I was told about it in 2014, when I was struggling to find a way to support a close friend who had been told her cancer was terminal. The idea is that as you knit, you think about and pray for the person you are going to give the shawl to, so that the prayers somehow become part of it. It is a practical way to show your concern for someone, and your prayers that they might be aware of God’s love surrounding them.

Since that first shawl, I have made many more, for joyful as well as sad reasons, and have found that they are a blessing both to those who knit and those who receive them. It is a blessing that would be wonderful to share– a prayer shawl group in the Beaminster team has been a dream for quite a while now, so do please come if you would like to know more. The knitting really is very simple; if you can knit and purl you have all the skill that is necessary.

– Barbara Simmonds