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Prayer Shawl Ministry


You are welcome to join us!


Have you ever felt the arms of God wrap around you in a time of joy or sadness, stress or exhilaration?  Have you ever felt the prayers of your friends, the church or even strangers during those times also?  Perhaps you have heard of prayer shawl ministries.


After returning from a women's leadership institute in 1998, two women began what is now known throughout the world as Prayer Shawl Ministry.  One of the women says, "I searched for ways to use my new insight and awareness about myself as a faith filled spiritual woman.  Prayerfully creating a shawl for those going through difficult as well as celebratory life event seemed to be a perfect metaphor for what I had experienced at Women's Leadership Institute."   Janet Bristow


In the spring of 2012, Wesley Church reached out to those interested in learning about what a prayer shawl is, how to make prayer shawls (there are no rules), and what a prayer shawl ministry does.  It has grown from there....to people at Wesley Church, people in Macomb and areas around, people in other states and also globally in several countries.  


Who decides the people who will receive a shawl?  Anyone....from the pastors to the congregation to a neighbor (who may not go to Wesley Church) who is concerned about someone needing comfort and prayers.  


Eight or nine times a year, Wesley's prayer shawl ministry meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm in the Lodge Parlor at the church.  (Generally, the Prayer Shawl Ministry does not meet in the summer.) Please check the church calendar to see when we meet next.  Do you knit, do you crochet, do you quilt???  We need all the makers we can get!  


Anyone interested in our Prayer Shawl Ministry is encouraged to become involved!


Contact person for this ministry is Judy Mowery.  Please call the church office for further information.


Prayer shawls are given in a wide variety of places, in a wide variety of ways, to a wide variety of people. One example, is on the Youth Group mission trips.

The Youth Group has taking prayer shawls on their mission trips each year since 2013.  Prayer shawls were given to individuals in 2013 in Mission, SD on the Native American Reservation, in 2014 and 2015 in Denver, CO at the ministries served, and in 2016 at Little Grassy United Methodist Camp.


We present a prayer shawl to the cook on our mission trip in 2016.



 Jim Olsen presents a prayer shawl to James Simpson, the Facilities director at Little Grassy United Methodist Camp.

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