Prayer Shawl Ministry
prayer shawlThe Jean S. Trees Memorial Prayer Shawl Ministry is a ministry of prayer and love for Peace United Methodist Church.  The ministry has been named in memory of Jean Trees who was the first to make and provide a prayer shawl for this emerging ministry.  She passed away one week after presenting her shawl. 
 
According to Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, the founders of Prayer Shawl Ministries, "the making of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice which embodies our thoughts and prayers for the receiver.  It is a gift freely given with no strings attached.  Made in prayer, as prayer, for prayer, the shawls are passed on hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart.  Putting a price on a shawl defeats the purpose of this ministry."   
 
More information about Prayer Shawl ministries can be found at www.shawlministry.com
 
At Peace UMC, Rev. Bob Schall is coordinating this ministry and invites anyone who likes to knit or crochet to consider being a part of this prayer ministry.  Prayer shawls are given to people who are ill or hospitalized, suffering chronic conditions, undergoing chemotherapy, or simply in need of comfort and prayer. For more details or instructions, please contact Bob Schall, 407-239-8668 or BHAGWON@EARTHLINK.NET.   
 
 
Before you begin: 
Because this is a spiritual practice, before one begins the knitting or crocheting process, a blessing, prayer or wish can be said, dedicating the work of your hands and the intentions of the receiver.  You may want to light a candle and play soft music to enhance your knitting (crochet) time, remembering that this a prayerful time.  When working in a group, you may want to pass the work-in-progress around the circle, asking each person to add some stitches to the shawl, or to just hold it for a while to add their prayers, energy and good wishes.