“You created every part of me,
knitting me in my Mother’s womb.
For such handiwork, I praise you.
Awesome this great wonder!”
                      Psalm 139:13-14

In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women’s Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience.

Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl.  The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl.  When the shawl is completed it is offered a final prayer before being sent along its way. Besides knit and crochet; the shawls can be woven, sewn, quilted, machine knitted, etc.  As this gift has been sent along, some recipients have continued the kindness by making one themselves and passing it on to someone in need.  Thus, the blessing is rippled from person to person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!

We have begun a shawl ministry at Mendenhall that meets at 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. This ministry is open to anyone who would like to attend. Please join us. For more information and instructions, please see the book in the library (three ring binder labeled “Shawl Ministry”), visit on the web.

Mendenhall Presbyterian Church