Prayer Shawl Ministry
 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

We are delighted that you want to join the Prayer Shawl Ministry, a ministry of compassion and healing. Anyone can join! You may want to attend our monthly meetings or you may want to work at home. Our shawls will all be given away by members of the congregation to anyone they feel is in need of comfort and of prayer, for joyous or for difficult reasons. Help yourself to wool from the basket, and return finished shawls to one of the ministers. K1 Pray1!

 
         
  Marion                 Shirley and Suzan                        Emma and Judi
 

Prayer Shawl Pattern

The Prayer shawl is roughly 24"x60". Uses 2 2/3 skeins of yarn. Last 1/3 is for fringe (if desired)

Simple Pattern - Knit    

Use large needles. Cast on 81 stitches (or any multiple of 3). Knit 3, purl 3 to end. On the next row work the same stitch to what you see. Knit into knits, purl into purls (so you are not ribbing). If you work 81 stitches, you will always start with K3.

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Simple Pattern - Crochet    

Use N or 10mm hook. Chain 75. Double crochet in 3rd chain from hook. Double crochet in each chain across. Chain 2 at and of row. Turn. Work in dc and chain 2 at each turn.

You may choose any yarn and any stitch and any finished size - these are just suggestions. There is a free pattern on-line at 

See Rideau Park United Church  Rideau Park United Church for their ideas, also!
 
Prayers We Use 
When we gather to knit together we always light a candle and share in this prayer before we start.  You may enjoy using it at home.  
     
      Shawls and Christ candle       Marina                         Kate and Jean
 
We also provide a prayer to our crafters for their use when they work at home... it is below as well.  But any prayer will do! 
 
Opening Prayer - (in the group)
Jesus spoke to them, saying,
"I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness
but will have the light of life."
Gracious and loving God, as we light our candle we remember
Your light which shines into darkness,
Your Son whose life, death and resurrection gives us hope,
Your Spirit which permeates every corner of our lives.
Be present here as we knit these shawls and enjoy each other’s company.
We remember all those for whom we knit these shawls;
Those who are lonely and need to know they are loved,
Those who are ill and yearn for healing of body, mind and spirit,
Those who face challenging decisions and search for guidance,
Those who are grieving and welcome comforting words and actions,
Those who are celebrating newness of life
and rejoice in the warmth and richness surrounding them.
Again, bind us together in one community of love,
founded on the faith that Your love and grace are everlasting. Amen.

(West Avon Congregational Church, written by Cynthia D. Yee, © 2008)

Opening Prayer - (Alone)
In the name of God, the Creator, the giver of life;
In the name of Jesus, the Saviour, the healer, the lifter of pain;
In the name of the Spirit, the comforter, the consoler, the sustainer of life.
I knit this shawl as:
a mantle of caring,
a mantle of wholeness,
a mantle of healing,
a mantle to empower you,
a mantle of protection,
a mantle of strength,
a mantle of patience.
May this shawl warm you and comfort you when you are weak and weary.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

(Brought by Helen Wilson for our use

 
(See www.shawlministry.com by Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo for more information)
 
 
   
        Prayer Shawlers "Knit in Public" at Bannerman Park

Prayer Tag Blessing
- we will provide, sewn on each finished prayer shawl

This gift was hand made for you by ____________________________ of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Gower St United Church. It was made with prayer, blessed by our group and dedicated by the whole congregation.   Receive it and be blessed!

In the name of God, the Creator, the giver of life; In the name of Jesus, the Saviour,the healer, the lifter of pain; In the name of the Spirit, the comforter, the consoler, the sustainer of life, I put this on. It is a mantle of caring, a mantle of wholeness, a mantle of healing, a mantle of power, a mantle of protection, a mantle of strength, a mantle of patience. Through this shawl may I know warmth and comfort when I am weak and weary. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.



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