“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
A Ministry of Comfort and of Hope
The people of Bethel desire to bring comfort to others in the midst of their struggles. When the world seems cold and uncaring the warmth of a prayer shawl can bring comfort and hope. God comes in the prayers of those who knit or crochet these beautiful shawls of strength. God comes in the hands of those who carefully craft, out of love and devotion, a visible sign of love.
Since 2007 the hands pictured below have touched the lives of over 100 people from Florida to Alaska, . . . from the United States to Russia.
The women begin the creation of each shawl by praying for the one who will receive it. Throughout their knitting or crocheting of the prayer shawl prayer after prayer is lifting up to Christ for comfort, healing, joy, hope and God’s presence to be felt when the shawl surrounds the one to whom it will cover.
The group meets together one Saturday morning a month to pray as a group, talk, laugh and enjoy fellowship.
Any one who would like to be a part of this powerful ministry of love is welcome to contact the church office and your name will be forwarded to Sue Davison who leads the ministry.
The History of Prayer Shawl Ministry
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 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.