Liberty’s Prayer Shawl Ministry
“May you feel the warmth of the Lord’s loving arms wrapped around you — giving you peace, comfort, strength, protection, hope, faith and healing.”
More than one hundred and twenty-five prayer shawls have been handmade with love and prayer by volunteers in Liberty’s Prayer Shawl Ministry during the past five years. It all began when someone from another church shared the idea with Linda Kemp, who mentioned it to Nancy Leach, who then reached out to Joyce Davies because she is a knitter—and the stitches all came together beautifully!
Volunteers meet bi-monthly each September through May to create each hand-worked masterpiece, which can be knitted, crocheted, or designed using a Queen Anne’s pattern. One special style weaves together three stitches, signifying the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Other designers work from home. The creative process is a spiritual practice guided by prayer and blessings for each recipient. The creations are passed from hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart.
Joyce measures and labels each piece (shawl, lap/wheelchair blanket, or afghan/throw), packages the treasures with a signed card bearing the message included at the top of this article, and keeps the inventory stocked at Liberty. Pastors, Stephen Ministers, and the Parish Visitor share these gifts of love when they visit Liberty members and friends in the hospital, at home, in nursing and rehabilitation facilities, or at retirement centers. Shawls and blankets have been given to folks facing surgery, chemotherapy, dementia, Parkinson disease, the end of life, or the loss of a loved one. It is such a privilege to walk alongside brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing life challenges. And it is a special blessing to wrap them in Liberty’s warmth and God’s love!
If you would like to make prayer shawls from home, join the group when they resume in the fall, or donate yarn of any type, please contact Joyce Davies by email. Her contact information can be found in the ChurchLife directory.