The Hopewell United Methodist Women (UMW) launched a prayer shawl ministry in 2012 and have given out six shawls so far. Prayer shawls are knitted, crocheted or sewn shawls that are given to those in need of prayer and comfort. They are created prayerfully and given to remind folks of God’s constant love.
Janet Bristow wrote in 1998:
“Shawls …made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles…”
You can be involved in many ways: donate yarn or other materials; participate by making a shawl; making cards with appropriate Bible verses to include with the shawls; and praying for the participants and recipients. We plan to dedicate the first batch of shawls during a service soon.
If you would like to be involved or would like to add someone to our list to receive a shawl, please see Shirley Garrison or Pat Grant.