Westmont COB Hit’s Shaw Milestone
Almost 10 Years Ago a handful of women at The Westmont Church of The Brethren entered into a life changing ministry.
Over the past 10 Years this handful of women have produced 2456 Prayer Shawl that have brought comfort and joy those so blessed to receive them. The author of the article knows first hand how much comfort a Westmont Church of The Brethren Shawl brings to those in need.
The Scriptural Basis of The Shawl Ministry
As it is written in Acts 19:11-12
11 God gave Paul the power to do unusual miracles, 12 so that even when handkerchiefs or cloths that had touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and any evil spirits within them came out.
History of Prayer Shawl Ministry
In 1998, Janet Severi 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 stitch.
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!
Shawls can be used for: undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; prayer or meditation; commitment or marriage ceremonies; birthing, nursing a baby; bridal shower or wedding gift; leading ritual; during an illness and recovery; ministering to others; graduation, birthday, anniversary, ordination, holiday gifts; or just socializing…there are endless possibilities!
To make a shawl personal, the giver or the recipient may want to adorn the shawl with beads, shells, feathers.
As a Proud Faithful Member of The Westmont Church of The Brethren I want to extend my gratitude to Lurley, Bonnie and the rest of the Prayer Shaw Ministry Members past and present. Here is a ministry we can all be proud of. There have been over 2,456 shawls made since it’s inception in 2007. Praises for that ministry!