Participants in Derry's Shawl Ministry knit and crochet shawls that are given away to anyone who could benefit from the warmth and comfort of a hand-made shawl.
Shawls have been made for those who are ill and in the hospital, for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, for cheer and for comfort, for members of the church and for friends in the community and across the country. The group also makes shawls that are given to babies (and others) at their baptism, dorm blankets for graduating high school seniors, and soft caps to warm chemotherapy patients who have lost hair.
Shawl Ministry members knit or crochet at their own pace, and as they work, they say prayers for or meditate about the person who will be receiving the shawl.
Shawl Ministry welcomes new participants at any time from the church and community -- including those who already know how to make shawls and those who would like to learn. Monthly gatherings include time for prayer, for knitting and listening to stories about the shawls that have already been given away, and for blessing any shawls that have been completed.
Since the group began in January 2005, more than 1,450 shawls have been made and blessed by Shawl Ministry members. Many of the completed shawls are delivered by the Deacons of Derry Church.
Contact Sue George for more information about this meaningful ministry.
Shawl Ministry meets on the second Monday of every month
7-8:30 pm in the John Elder Classroom