We are excited to announce the new “Prayer Shawl Ministry” at Asbury! Special thanks to Myrne McGonigle, Linda Collins, Judy Gindhart, Pat Wilson, and Tom McGonigle for their hard work and dedication in making this ministry possible.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?
- If you knit, crochet or sew we would love to have you create Prayer Items to donate for this program. We are not limited to any specific pattern for Prayer Items.
- If you do not knit, crochet or sew we would love to have you participate by tying the cards onto the Prayer Items and helping to place them on the altar when we have enough to bless.
- We would like all members to come to the altar and bless Prayer Items on the designated Sunday.
DO YOU MEET AS A GROUP?
- We do not meet as a formal group as yet because there are only a few artists creating the Prayer Items.
- We would love to involve all parishioners who meet at Asbury Memorial UMC to participate in this program.
Thank you for allowing us to provide this important ministry for you and your loved ones.
A BRIEF HISTORY: In 1998, Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women’s Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS. Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every stitch. 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! (Copyright ©2017-http://shawlministry.com/)