Prayer Shawl Ministry

The mission of the Prayer Shawl Ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater, MN is to knit or crochet shawls, bless them with prayer, and then give these shawls to persons in need of prayer, comfort, or blessing. Shawls have been given to the sick, the bereaved, and others going through a difficult time. We also make shawls each year for graduating high school seniors from our congregation.

When a shawl is presented to someone it is intended as a visible expression of our church’s care and concern for them, and of God’s love that surrounds them in all times, in all places and in all circumstances. Recipients use the shawls in ways that are personally helpful.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every other Wednesday from 10:30 – 12:00 noon in the Wesley Room at church. Check the church calendar for dates

When a shawl is completed the group shares this blessing by Janet Bristow

Prayer of Blessing
(for a completed shawl)

May God’s grace be upon this shawl…
warming, comforting, enfolding, and embracing.

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 0nes.J

May the one who receives this shawl
be cradled in hope,
kept in joy,
graced with peace
and wrapped in love.

Blessed Be!

How can you be part of the ministry of care?
Pray for us and for those who will receive shawls.
Suggest persons who might benefit from a shawl.
Donate yarn
    though we love all your beautiful wool yarns, we can only use machine washable yarns for prayer shawl
Join us in knitting and crocheting shawls
    you can come to our gatherings, or knit shawls on your own and drop them off at the church office.

Need some help?  We would be glad to help you get started, and will even provide lessons and support.

Background on Prayer Shawl Ministry:  The original prayer shawl ministry was created in 1998 by Victtoria Galo and Janet Bristow. Since then, the idea has spread across the country, so that many churches now have Prayer Shawl Ministries. Our ministry began about 12 years and over those years we have created and shared many shawls.

How the Shawls are Distributed:  If you are aware of someone who might benefit from the caring ministry of a prayer shawl, please ask one of our members when you see them at the church. They are: Ellen Campbell, Nancy Clark, Pat Grogan, Diane Jackson, Judy Ptacek, Sandy Ridgway, Sharon Speich, and Sharry Swann and we will get you one. Or you can contact Pat Grogan 651.439.5451 or Sandy Ridgway  651.439.8452 or one of the pastors and they will make arrangements.

Prayer Shawl Knitting Directions:

Cast on stitches in multiples of three (54, 57, 60, 63) using size 11 needles.  3 skeins of slightly bulky yarn is enough.  Some yarns vary in elasticity which will affect your outcome as will your knitting tension.  If the yarn you have chosen has a multicolored stripe, be careful when tying on a new skein.  Make sure the color sequence is correct.  Also, tie on the new skein in the body of the shawl, instead of an edge, as the ends tend to show.

First Row, Knit 3 Purl 3 to end

Second Row, always start the next row with the opposite stitch of what you see, for instance, if the first stitch on the needle is a knit, then start with a purl.

Knit the purls and purl the knits.  It should not look like ribbing.

Note if you cast on 57 stitches you will always start with Knit 3


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