Compassion and the love of knitting and crocheting form the foundation for the spiritual practice known as the Prayer Shawl Ministry. In this ministry, the person knitting or crocheting a shawl prays for the recipient as they are making it. The shawl is then given to someone who needs to be reminded of God’s blessing.
Jill Acheson proposed adopting this ministry to Women’s Fellowship in 2007 and with the help of Jill, Susie Kuhne, Ann and Penny Swearingen, Bonnie Joop, Patty Kobel, and Marianne Hutcherson, they began our ministry with 20 shawls and gave away approximately 15 each year. Pastor Betty Hornback and Pastor Laurie Hill would periodically hold a prayer shawl blessing for the completed shawls during worship service and would attach the following message for the person receiving it. “This shawl was handmade for you by our Prayer Shawl Ministry. As it was created, we prayed for God to give you many blessings of courage, strength, and faith. May this shawl wrap you in God’s love and let you know that your St. Peter’s family is thinking of you.”
Please stop by the office if you know of someone who could benefit from this strength and warmth. The shawls are signed out by the person who takes them with a notation made of the name of the person receiving the shawl.