Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry members knit and crochet shawls to be given to people in need of comfort. A prayer shawl is a tangible sign of the gift of God’s love and our prayers for people in need, including those who have had an illness, medical procedure or surgery, or who need comfort after a loss or during times of stress. Recipients have said that being wrapped in a prayer shawl is like being hugged by Jesus.

These gifts provide comfort and solace to many who are in need or hurting for many different reasons. We have sent them to people who are grieving the death of a loved one, including soldiers’ families. We have sent them to a Native American orphanage in New Mexico. We have sent them to families with loved ones in hospice. All of us have known or have been someone in need. Making and giving prayer shawls is a way to give back to the community of the faithful for all the things that have been done for us. Think of all the people in the Bible that could have used a prayer shawl: Adam & Eve after Cain killed Abel, Mary in the manger the night Christ was born, Moses as he led the Israelites through the desert, the families at Golgotha after the crucifixion, and even Lot and his family after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting

This ministry meets weekly on Thursdays at 1 pm in the chapel to knit, crochet and catch up with each other. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join, even if you do not yet know how to crochet or knit!

If you prefer to work at home, we can use prayer shawls of any kind: knit, crochet, quilted and even fringed and tied fleece. They can be any color, and created for men, women or children. What makes them special are the personal prayers that are said during the creation for the comfort of the recipient. The maker starts with prayers for the recipient, whether known or unknown. Prayers continue throughout the process and once completed, a final blessing is offered by St. Martin’s clergy before they are distributed. Shawls are stored at church until a need arises.

Since the ministry started in May 2008, we have blessed over 250 prayer shawls.

Plarn bedrolls for the homeless

Several members of the ministry are now also working on creating mats made out of strips of plastic from grocery bags, also known as “plarn.” These sleeping mats, when finished, are blessed and given to homeless shelters such as Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County and Presbyterian Night Shelter. If you have a collection of grocery bags sitting at home, please bring them in! We will put them to good use!

Contacts and more information

If you are interested but do not know where to start, or if you want more information, please contact Kathy Wilkinson at laughkath@gmail.com.

For information about the broader reach of prayer shawls, please visit this website:

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