Prayer Shawl Ministry


Behind and before, you encircle me and rest your hand upon me. Psalms 139:5

We are a small group open to all who enjoy knitting and crocheting. We seek to bring comfort and God’s love to others through our work. Our shawls, afghans and other items are a tangible means of literally wrapping and holding someone with our love and prayers. We gift our work to others through individual requests, through church organizations and community groups. We usually meet twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Friday mornings. We work on our projects, share our skills and patterns and we take time out to pray. In addition to our group we have special friends that work from their homes. We have helpers that don’t knit or crochet but help us in many other ways, like donate yarn to our group or even deliver our items that we make. Besides personal requests, we have made chemo caps for patients, baby items for Birth Right, lap afghans or shawls for nursing homes and our local hospitals. We even help our own parishioners including the newly widowed.

We would like to invite you to visit any one of our meetings. If you would like more information about our ministry please call or email one of us. As a member of our parish, you may make a request for one of our items for a loved one or a friend, whether or not they are in our parish. Our handmade items are blessed by one of our priests before being given out. The prayer below brings a much deeper sense of our mission.

May God Bless You,

Renee Hilke, Chair Sharon Smith

573/694-3393 573/635-8358


May God’s grace be upon this shawl/afghan, warming, comforting, enfolding and


May this mantle be a safe haven…a sacred place of security and well

being…sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones.

May the one who receives this shawl/afghan be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced

with peace and wrapped in love.

Blessed Be!