The Prayer Shawl Ministry is an
important ministry of intercessory prayer at Berwyn United
Methodist Church. Prayer shawls are knitted or crocheted by the
members of this group, dedicated by group prayer, and given to
individuals who need to feel surrounded by a sense of God's love
and faithfulness. The Prayer Shawl Ministry volunteers have given out more than 200 prayer shawls.
We also support and donate to Yarn
, a non-profit organization that supports women in Japan who
have suffered during the earthquake and tsunami.
Those who have received
the Berwyn shawls continue
to be uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above
their cares and concerns. According to this ministry, "When you
wear this shawl, believe with all your heart that God is with
you every minute of every hour of every day. Jesus loves you
and the Holy Spirit rests upon your shoulder." Since the
beginning of the BUMC Prayer Shawl Ministry, over 60 prayer
shawls have been placed around the shoulders of men, women, and
Shawls, which have made for centuries, are symbolic of an
inclusive, universal, embracing and unconditionally loving, God.
They wrap, comfort, cover, give solace, hug, shelter and
Like the prayer chain, the prayer shawls carry the message of
the importance of intercessory prayer to each of us.
At the meeting on November 20, Pastor Barbara Emery led the
group in the dedication and consecration of 8 prayer shawls.
Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and
affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles.
In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of The
Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a
ministry. Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have
been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice
which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as
well as in celebration and joy.
The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the
recipient and the intentions are continued throughout the
creation of the shawl.
Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is
sent on its way. Thus, the blessing ripples from
person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the
unconditional embrace of a sheltering God!