The goal of Caring Hands Ministry is to use the fruits of our hobbies to provide comfort to those in need. We began by knitting or crocheting prayer shawls for anyone facing a serious illness or life crisis and for those grieving for a loved one. Prayer shawls are made with prayer for the person receiving them and have been described as feeling like an embrace of God.
This year we gave many shawls to people who are facing crises in their lives, and the response has been overwhelming. We receive thank you notes that bring tears to the eyes. To quote from a couple of them: “Wrapping myself in the warmth of the shawl is a steady visual reminder of the prayers it contains”, and “I don’t think it was my imagination, but I could feel the warmth of your prayers and concern when my nephew handed me the shawl”, and “I am in awe. Your magnificent gift of the beautiful Prayer Shawl touched us through and through. I know many people are covering us in prayer; now we are wrapped as well . . . This is the Love of God in concrete action. It is also a witness to those who see me with it”. We never expected when we began, what a powerful ministry this would become.
In the past year we added to our ministry by making shawls for those who are newly baptized.
The group meets twice a month on Tuesday mornings at 9:30. These meetings are very informal; a chance to sit and chat while we work on our projects and to exchange ideas and help with a project. Meetings are also an opportunity to learn to knit or crochet.
We also would like to encourage members of the congregation to contact us, Father Dave, or Maryanne when you or someone you know is facing a crisis and would benefit from the comfort of a prayer shawl. We have some beautiful shawls waiting for someone in need.