The church has various prayer ministries including
In May of 2006, the Prayer Shawl Ministry was formed at Christ Community United Methodist Church. We gather once a month for fellowship, and to work on our shawls together. At the end of each meeting we bless the finished shawls and prepare them for delivery.
The ministry has created shawls for people undergoing medical procedures, as a comfort after a loss, for wedding gifts, baby gifts, during illness, recovery, ministering to others, or appreciation.
To make the shawl personal, we sometimes adorn the shawl with beads, decorative yarn, or charms.
We have given hundreds of shawls to people in:
Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, California, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District of Columbia, Kansas, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Virginia, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arizona, Kentucky and England.
Teddy Bears for children, Prayer Cloths for military, more than 100 hats for Alaskan children, more than 100 hats to the Butler area, more than 30 scarves for the local food bank Christmas dinner.
About the Shawls . . .
In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's LeAbout the Shawls…adership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS. Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl.
Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!
(*The shawls can also be crocheted, quilted, woven or machine knitted as well!)
If you would like to learn to knit or crochet, or to join the paryer Shawl Ministry of Christ Community United Methodist Church, or even just make a donation to it, please contact the church office at 724-287-4462, or email to Office