Through the comfort shawl project, compassion and the love of knitting or crocheting combine into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice that reaches out to those in need of comfort
Through the comfort shawl project, compassion and the love of knitting or crocheting combine into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy.
Sometimes called prayer shawls, peace shawls, or mantles; the comfort shawls are begun with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing and dedication will be offered in worship, before the shawl is sent on its way. Some comfort shawl 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!
Shawls can be given to those undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; during an illness and recovery; for commitment or marriage ceremonies; birthing or nursing a baby; celebrating rites of passage; as gifts for bridal showers or wedding, graduation, birthday, anniversary, ordination, or holiday; to wear during prayer or meditation, while leading ritual, or caring for others.
If you would like to join the comfort shawl project, come to the Parlor, first and third Sundays. If you would like to knit or crochet at home, ask MariLyn Roze for instructions. It you know someone who needs the comfort of a cozy shawl, call the church: 860-868-0569.
(Sunday) 1:00 pm
First Congregational Church
6 Kirby Road, Washington CT, 06793