“This wonderful ministry means so much to me,” said one member. “We have become a close community, working together and praying together every week, knowing that our work and our prayers reach far beyond the walls of this church.”
As we gather each Tuesday to make shawls in community, we pray for each person who has received a shawl since our ministry began. We also read notes of thanks that come to us, telling stories of sadness, hope, grace, and love.
From Richard and Amy Mills, who moved to California for treatment of Richard’s illness:
To you Dear People: Thank you so much for the lovely shawl, which Richard enjoys very much and keeps him warm. We miss all of you and the coffee hour, and hope and pray that we will see you all again some day. With much love, your friends, Richard and Amy
Richard added, We miss you all. Soon after we received the letter, we heard the sad news of Richard’s death.
A parishioner passed this note along to us, from a dear friend to whom she sent a shawl:
I can’t thank you enough for the beautiful prayer shawl you sent to me. It is extremely comforting and I’ve used it to help me find peace and a sense of security. It feels full of love, and it makes me feel safe. I can’t thank you enough and I am so touched by it and your thoughtfulness. With all my love and deep gratitude.
Please join us if you like to knit or crochet, or want to learn. We gather each Tuesday morning from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the Meeting Room at St. John’s. Every time we add 50 names to our list, we celebrate by going out to lunch.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Bede’s began in February 2006. We consider with some wonder that, as of March 2016, we had given over 1,000 shawls to people known and unknown to us who need the comfort and warmth a Prayer Shawl offers.