Evening Meetings – Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm
Daytime Meetings – Wednesdays from 2-3:30pm

You created every part of me, knitting me in my Mother’s womb. For such handiwork, I praise you. Awesome is this great wonder!”

Psalm 139:13-14

About the Shawls

In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women’s Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter MMS.

Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace.

Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Prayers continue throughout the creation of the shawl. Shawls are often knitted during worship services. When one is completed, it is offered a final blessing by the group before being passed along.

A blessing ritual is often offered when the gift is presented. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawls and passing on to another in need.

The blessing is rippled from person to person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of our sheltering, mothering God!

Shawls…made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive and unconditionally loving God.

They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, 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…

Jane Bristow – 1998

Some Uses for Prayer Shawls

During illness and recovery
For those facing surgery
For those approaching death
As a comfort after loss
For prayer or meditation
As a bridal or baby shower gift
As part of a wedding, child dedication or anniversary
For birthing or nursing a baby
For other rites of passage
In recognition of service, friendship, or community

Besides knitting and crochet, shawls may be woven, sewn, quilted, or machine knitted. To make a shawl more personal, the giver or the recipient may want to adorn it with beads, shells, feathers, or charms.

To learn more about the national ministry, visit www.ShawlMinistry.com