Prayer Shawl Ministry

What is a Prayer Shawl Ministry?

Simply put, a Prayer Shawl is a soft, warm, shawl knitted or crocheted, which is given to persons who are celebrating a blessing or needing special support. Before the shawl is delivered, it is prayed over by those who created the shawl and the Prayer Care team.

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What comes with the Shawl?

The shawl is taken to the person prayed for with this note: “This Prayer shawl was made especially for you with love and prayer. It is a gift from your friends at Spirit Lake United Methodist Church, Spirit Lake, Iowa. The Prayer Care team gathered and asked God to bless this shawl. it is our prayer that it will encircle you in God’s love and peace, now and always.”

How are the Shawls made?

Knitting instructions:

Use size 11 or 13 needles. These needles provide a loose weave and make the project go fast.

Begin by casting on 57 stitches. Pattern: knit 3, purl 3, to end of row. Turn and repeat pattern. Each row will begin with knit 3. Finish with crocheted shell stitch.

Crochet Instructions:

use a 10mm hook (size N or P). Ch. 53. Turn, SC for 3 rows. Turn. in the second sc from hook, *do 3 sc, sk 1 st; sc in next st, sk 1 stitch; in next stitch, rep from * for width of shawl. Ch 2. Turn. (You should have 13 dc shells across.) Note that the 3 dc shells are done in the center of the dc group in the row below.

Repeat this row until shawl is the desired length. End with 3 rows of sc. Finish with crocheted shell stitch.

Are all the shawls the same?

There is no right or wrong way to create these gifts of love. They do not have to look alike nor be the same color. The patterns are simple and each shawl is one of a kind. Shawls may be made with one of two thoughts in mind…

  • As a gift for someone in need that will be given at the right future time.
  • As a special shawl for a particular person you know who needs a blessing for their life.

What do you do when the shawl is finished?

Once the shawl is finished, it may be brought to the church office. As the Prayer Care team meets, each completed shawl will be blessed and given to someone for whom it will become a meaningful blessing of love.

How do I become involved in this ministry?

  • You may knit or crochet a prayer shawl
  • You may share the name of a friend or loved one who is in need of God’s blessing.
  • You may support the ministry financially.

Blessings for Creating a Shawl

Loving God, as I create this shawl, may it be woven with love and compassion for ___________________ in his or her time of need. May it be a sign of hope and caring from our family of faith. Amen.

Loving God, as I work to create this shawl may it become a sign of Your love and concern as ___________________ faces treatment in the days ahead. Amen.

As I create this shawl, may You guide my hands and my thoughts. I pray for _________________ trusting that this gift will be a reminder to him/her of Your love and concern which surrounds us all our days. Amen.

Blessing for a completed Shawl

God of grace and God of glory, you alone know what ________________ and his or her family needs at this time. Surround them with Your loving peace that they might find solace and comfort in You. Amen.

God of love, surround __________________ with your tender mercy in this time of struggle and sorrow. May this shawl be a source of comfort and warmth of Your love in the days ahead. Amen.

God, we know that You are with us in the midst of the joys and blessings of our lives. May this shawl be a sign of that presence and a source of tender hope and peace for ______________ of the tie that binds us all together – that of Your love and mercy. Amen.