Prayer Shawl

Information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry

“Shawls…made for centuries universal and embracing,

Symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God

They wrap, enfold, 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…”

These are words written by Janet Bristow in 1998. She and Victoria Galo (both graduates of the 1997 Women’s Leadership Institute at the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut ),have founded this 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 and crochet have been combined in a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice, which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl.

Since 1998 the Prayer Shawl Ministry has spread across the world and Steinbach United Church has a Ministry Group.  Several women make shawls at home and while knitting or crocheting, they think about and pray for the future receiver of the shawl. Once a month the women gather at the church. A devotional is held and symbols such as a small cross, a candle and some small balls symbolizing the earth and balls of yarn, are placed on the table.

The group welcomes all to their gatherings even if you don’t knit or crochet, but just want to come for fellowship.

Gathering time: First Tuesday of the month, at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.