Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Pastoral Care Ministry Team is pleased to announce the beginning of St. Luke’s Prayer Shawl Ministry.

We are looking for people who like to knit, crochet or sew who would like to create these shawls or lap quilts. The shawls are blessed in a beautiful ritual as part of our regular Sunday church service. They will then distributed to shut-ins, those who are ill, or people experiencing a loss in their lives. Sometimes they are given in times of emergency for instance to those who have had a house fire or accident. We also gift prayer shawls to celebrate marriages, pregnancies, births, adoptions and graduations.

They bring warmth, comfort, and care to the individuals who are given them. They are an extension of our visiting ministry, being a reminder they are a loved and cherished by the St. Luke’s Church Community. Wrapped in one of our shawls, they will know that be it a time of celebration or concern, they are not alone - that not only is St. Luke’s United walking with them through the ups and downs of life but God is with them.

As the shawls are created, we invite those making them to pray for the intended recipient. Sometimes people come to us with a person in mind they would like to knit one for. Other times, we suggest a person that the congregation would like one completed for. On occasion the shawls are completed without the creator knowing who it will be given to. Even so, prayer is knitted into every stitch.

Knitting and crochet patterns are available in the file folders in holders on the wall to the right as you enter the sanctuary. We will have some yarn available soon for the shawls. Sometimes people have chosen who they are knitting for and provide the yarn themselves for the shawl. Other times we have donations to the Prayer Shawl Ministry of yarn or funds to cover the cost.

When completed the shawls are then brought back to the church where a little crocheted symbol of our ministry and a gift tag with a prayer on it are attached before blessing..

If you would be interested becoming part of the ministry by knitting, crocheting, or quilting prayer shawls, please sign up on the the clipboard also in the entry or contact Lillian Crant-Draper who will be coordinating this ministry at 902.445.4667 or lcrant@eastlink.ca .

We are looking to name our prayer shawl ministry. On the table in the entry are pink slips for you to put your suggestions on.

The Pastoral Care Ministry sends cards, visits in person and by phone, assists in funerals held in the church and other related tasks. We are looking for volunteers to be pastoral visitors. At present, we are going through the list of the Congregational Family to get an idea of who is part of the congregation, who we haven’t seen in awhile and who might have moved away to have a more representative list of who is active in our faith community.

We ask you to keep our Pastoral Care Ministry and all our ministries in prayer.