Prayer Shawl Ministry

"Shawls have been made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles…"

Janet Bristow began this worldwide ministry in 1998. The Prayer Shawl Minsitry of St. Paul’s Cathedral was commissioned on April 11, 2010, with 6 people, and the size has doubled in the year and a half since then. Numerous shawls have been completed and blessed at the altar, and many have been given away. 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 each shawl, and the prayers continue throughout their creation. Some recipients have continued the kindness by passing their shawls on to someone in need.  Thus, the blessings ripple from person to person, with creator, giver, and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a loving, sheltering God.

Shawls may be knitted or crocheted, using any pattern. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, but are interested, we will teach you. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s of the month at 1 pm in the Parlor. Everyone is welcome to join us. If you would like for someone you know to receive a shawl, or if you have any questions, call Sally Alworth at 413-2582