In 1997, two friends gave birth to a ministry that would fuse knitting and prayer. Called
Prayer Shawl Ministry
it has spread worldwide
and has attracted many faiths. The Prayer Shawl Ministry is ecumenical; it speaks of many faiths and traditions. The shawls are made
for battered women at the local shelter, cancer patients in hospitals, and for people facing tough times. The shawls are also
given away for milestones and joyful times.
Ethel Yezdanian knitting a prayer shawl
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 shawls can be knitted, crocheted, quilted, woven or machine
knitted. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients of the shawls 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!
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets at 1:00 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month in the Church Fellowship Hall. If you would like
more information please contact Ethel Yezdanian.