New Hope United Methodist Church


Prayer Shawl Ministry

In 1997, two friends gave birth to a ministry that would fuse knitting and prayer. Called the 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 second Tuesday of each month in the Church Fellowship Hall.

Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who will be in service to the needs of people in the
community of New Hope and beyond.
   Enter to worship – – Depart to serve.

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