Crocheting for a Cause
Crocheting for a Cause, a wonderful article by Jeanne Plecenik, about her healing hands ministry in prisons. The articles appeared in the April edition of “Branches” the National ECW Newsletter. Printed here with permission Crocheting for a cause
The Prayer Shawl Ministry
Are you looking for a ministry of prayer and care for others? The Prayer Shawl Ministry may be a way for you, your church, or your community to reach out with love and care to others who are hurting or who may need a special blessing. Hundreds of people from churches and in communities around the world are using the patterns for making prayer shawls. Many, many people have been comforted and felt loved through this ministry. There are links on this website with directions for making prayer shawls, prayer links and prayer squares, suggestions for how to begin this ministry, some ideas about how to invite others to participate in the ministry, and some prayer shawl stories from those who are involved in the ministry, in their own community or church. May the Lord lead, guide, bless, and anoint you and your prayer shawl ministry for the glory of God http://www.shawlministry.com
Praying Hands Ministry
For many years there were Praying Hands Ministry gatherings in the Diocese of WMA. On November 10, 2012 the last Praying Hands Ministry gathering, facilitated by Rebecca Scruton, was held at St. David’s Church in Feeding Hills before she and the Bishop moved to their new home in Connecticut.
About 40 people attended and brought woven, knitted, quilted and crocheted items along with patters to share. The Bishop blessed shawls and other items brought to the gathering. A contact list was circulated,and the ministry became local.
Attached is a collection of the patterns that were shared at the last meeting. Prayer Shawl ministries can be simple and parish based with the items being blessed at a Sunday service and distributed as needed.
Along with parish needs for shawls, other ideas for outreach are: local and regional hospitals, nursing homes, cancer therapy centers, neonatal units, and hospice facilities.
Here are some ideas and patterns for those who like to pray with their hands