Praying Hands Ministry

“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


Praying Hands Ministry

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?   I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. [Isaiah 43:19]

Our Praying Hands Ministry makes prayer shawls and lap blankets for anyone in need of prayer and comfort. We use the creation of a shawl (or blanket) to focus our prayer as we pray for others with our hands.  

On July 17th Mother Judith will bless new prayer shawls and we will offer our first workshop on crocheting and knitting during coffee hour. If you knit or crochet or would like to learn, please feel free to join us. Some basic materials, patterns and prayer ideas will be shared.

If you already knit or crochet and want to get started, you can create a rectangular shawl in any knit/crochet pattern that is approximately 20” X 54” (a lap blanket is 26” X 34″ minimum, but it can be a little larger). Or, a triangular shawl that is approximately 50” along the top neck edge and 25” from center neck to the triangle point. Any soft yarn will work; bulky yarn works up quickly.

Don’t knit or crochet, but wish to contribute? Donate 3- 4 oz. skeins of washable, bulky yarn. 

There is a basket with blessed prayer shawls at the back of the church. Shawls can be taken for anyone in need of prayer, love, and comfort.  A card is attached to write in the person’s name.

Here are some ideas and patterns for those who like to pray with their hands.

Click Here: Praying hands patterns

Clich Here: Praying hands prayers


Praying hands

Crocheting for a Cause

Crocheting for a Cause, a wonderful article by Jeanne Plecenik, about her healing hands ministry in prisons.  The articles appeared in the April edition of “Branches” the National ECW Newsletter. Printed here with permission Crocheting for a cause

For more information about Prayer Shawl ministries

For the original patterns for the shawl ministry click HERE