Celebrating 10 years in 2015
“Shawls … made for centuries, universal and embracing,
Symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God.
They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, and give solace,
Mother, hug, shelter and beautify.
Those who have received these shawls have been
uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to
fly above their troubles …”
Written in 1998 by Janet Severi Bristow Copyright 2015
In 1998, Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria Galo gave birth to this ministry. In 2005, Frances Hudson, who was St. Paul’s Parish Nurse, attended a Symposium on Parish Nursing ministry in St. Louis, Missouri. Among the many wonderful workshops was one on the Prayer Shawl Ministry. It captivated her interest and imagination, and she realized it was a perfect fit for St. Paul’s. Compassion and a love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice. While providing a fellowship time for those interested in creating them, it also gives comfort to those undergoing medical procedures, comfort after a loss or in times of stress, during bereavement, baptism, during an illness and recovery. The possibilities are endless……
Our shawls are given to members of our congregation, the community and have been sent out of the province, bringing the love of Christ to so many. Much of the yarn is donated or purchased from donations from those who want to share in supporting this worthwhile ministry of the church. A dedicated group used to meet on Tuesday mornings. The current participants are just as dedicated to this ministry, but it is now done on an individual basis, generally in their homes. The shawls are displayed on racks in our Sanctuary.
We are also aware that other churches in the area have taken up this work.
If you or anyone you know would like a prayer shawl, or would like to be part of this ministry, please contact our church office (link to St. Paul’s).