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Prayer Shawl Ministry


What is a prayer shawl ministry?


Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace, and spiritual sustenance. Since the inception of the Prayer Shawl Ministry in 1998, the members of this ecumenical organization have lovingly donated their time and talents by creating hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need. What started as a grass-roots movement has quickly grown into an international cause, with countless numbers of shawls being given to grateful recipients around the globe. Shawls may be given for healing, for comfort, for the distressed, for those who mourn, for those who travel or move away, for a new baby, for a graduate, for newlyweds, for those in the military or their families, for retirement, for special birthdays, or for other celebrations or occasions lifted up.

The ministry’s message of caring is simple, universal, and enduring. And we have seen time and again that the creation and presentation of a prayer shawl, like all acts of generosity, enriches the giver as well as the recipient.

(From the book The Prayer Shawl Ministry - Reaching Those In Need;
Lion Brand Yarn – Leisure Arts.)

As the shawls are knitted, crocheted, or sewn, prayers are offered for the one who will be receiving the shawl (most of the time you will not know who will be receiving the shawl at the time it is being made, so the prayers are general). The shawls are gathered together and blessed by the prayer shawl ministry group. A dedication service and blessing may also be a part of church services when a number of shawls are completed and ready for distribution.


Holy Cross Prayer Shawl Ministry 

  • We welcome all who are willing to knit, crochet, or sew and pray for others. Even if you can’t come to the meetings, you can still be part of this ministry! Please contact Jan Wolery for details.
  • We have pattern information available to share. There are several books on prayer shawls that may be borrowed to help you decide on a pattern. Most contain knitting and crocheting patterns, but there is also a book on sewing a lap-sized quilt or fabric shawl that would serve the same purpose for those of you who prefer sewing.
  • There is great fellowship in this ministry as we come together for a common purpose. Come check us out! Other groups at other times and days may be added as interest and need arises.
  • At this time we have no funding, so we’ll have to fund this ministry ourselves. Participants purchase their own needles and yarn. Hopefully, once we are up and running, some donations will come in which will help with the purchase of materials. (Prayer shawls may not be sold!)

Thank you for your interest in this wonderful outreach ministry!

Jan Wolery – (925) 455-4581 or

Dedication of the Prayer Shawls
March 15, 2009 - 9:30am Service


Sunday Worship Celebration: 9:30 am.