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Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Always welcoming new crafters!!    Every-other Monday morning 9:30 in the Chapel.
We need shawls!  You don't have to come to meetings to contribute.  Bring your knitted, crocheted, or quilted prayer shawls to church, or drop by the office any time.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry of the United Parish is one of hundreds around the world. Inspired by two graduates of Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. Janet Bristow and Vicky Galo co-founded the ministry in 1998, and like all good ideas, the concept spread quickly to churches worldwide. So many people want to serve, to comfort, to give of their talents.  (See Janet and Vicky’s site at http://www.shawlministry.com/.)


Knitted with loving hands, the shawls are symbols of God’s all-embracing love and constant presence. In our church, shawls are given by the pastor, a lay pastor, a parishioner or a friend to anyone facing one of life’s transitions, whether it be a sad or joyful time. Shawls are given to people undergoing surgery, in need of healing, at a time of grief, divorce, job uncertainty; to a new mother, at a time of baptism, in support of someone taking a new direction in life. Since we began this ministry in the spring of 2003, we’ve presented over one hundred shawls.


All who become part of the ministry are blessed, whether as a knitter or as a recipient of a shawl. As Janet Bristow writes, “The blessing is rippled from person to person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering God!”




Samples of the ministry at work and what they create!

At our meetings, we open with prayer, we knit, crochet, and piece our shawls and caps.  We talk, share new patterns, new fabrics and new yarn colors, and we pray for God’s blessing of the completed items to be given away.

We meet every-other MONDAY at 9:30 a.m. in our chapel at 39 Main St.  We are also looking to start an evening group for those working crafters.


Please join us. come once, come every time, come whenever you like or not at all.  You can bring finished items to give with out ever attending a group.   Everyone is welcome –  begnners to experts.


For details on meeting sites and materials, please email or call the church office 978-582-6572


You created every part of me,

knitting me in my mother's womb.
For such handiwork, I praise you.
Awesome this great wonder.

                   Psalm 139: 13-14




Please Note:


We are also widening our mission.  Quilters, sewers, anyone with a desire to bless others with hand made items, Please join us.  We are making "Chemo-caps" and quilted shawl/lap blankets.  We are looking for other ways to bring God's love to others.


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United Parish of Lunenburg
39 Main Street
Lunenburg, MA  01462 
(978) 582-6572