And Crocheting Ministry
shawls, afghans, baby blankets, lap blankets, scarves and hats, socks,
stuffed animals, and . . . ???
comfort and support anyone in illness, grief, stress, or
celebrate engagements, marriages, births, birthdays,
anniversaries, baptismal days, graduations, recovery from illness;
in prayer or meditation;
above all, to express our love for our brothers and sisters
and our willingness to pray actively for them through the work of our
Those who join in
this ministry begin each project with prayers and blessings for the
recipient and continue to pray as they work. When the project is
finished, it is blessed at the altar and given as a gift.
Agenda, Feb. 22, 2004
Naming the ministry
Planning projects, sharing ideas and patterns, lessons
Discussing a meeting time
You created every part of me, knitting me in
my mother's womb.
For such handiwork, I praise you. Awesome is this great wonder.
(Psalm 139: 13-14)
Blessing of Stoles
(A blessing by Fr. Ingeman)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All that God has created and sustains, all the events He guides, and
all human works that are good and have good purpose, prompt those who
believe to praise and bless the Lord with hearts, hands, and voices.
He is the origin of every blessing. We proclaim our belief that all
things work together for the good of those who fear and love God. We are
sure that in all things we must seek the help of God, so that in
complete reliance on His will we may in Christ do everything to His
Lord, let your blessing be upon this [stole] and upon the one who
will wear it. Give [her] new life and strength and spirit so that the
power of your love will enable [her] to accomplish what is right and
May God, who is blessed above all, bless you in all things through
Christ so that all things will work together for good.
And may almighty God bless you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Here is a card that I used with the gift
of a stole. We may want to find or write a prayer to attach to each
item. I have ďMade with loveĒ labels, and we may want to create our
May this shawl keep you
in comfort and in peace ,
May it sustain and embrace
And may it remind you that
we are all wrapped in Godís
Shawl Ministry Home Page: http://www.shawlministry.com/
This page describes the history of the Shawl
Ministry begun in 1998 by Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, graduates
of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in
Connecticut. It also contains links to prayers, patterns, and other
Brand Free Patterns: http://www.lionbrand.com
A treasure trove of patterns and advice on both
knitting and crocheting.
The Craft Yarn Council: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/
A really useful site. At the top of the home page,
click on Free Projects or on Learn How.
This is a huge list of links to on-line patterns
and information about all crafts.
Other on-line resources?? Please let me know
and Iíll add them to the list.