Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pocket Prayer Shawls

A pocket prayer shawl is tiny, just 3 x 5 inches, but packs just as many prayers for its recipient.
Here's a picture of one with a fish knitted into the center, pattern from http://www. shawlministry.com.
Forty-five women showed up at a recent Sacred Stitches event hosted by St. Thomas', Lancaster.  I started Sacred Stitches, a Diocesan-wide group, a year and a half ago after the idea for such a group was suggested to me.  The goal of "knitting" our very large(Episcopal) Diocese of Central PA  closer together, one stitch at a time has become a labor of love.   We meet quarterly in various churches to share our ideas and fellowship.   Many of our parishes have their own existing group , such as our Blankets and Sew On group at St. John's, Lancaster.  While some groups have the main goal of creating prayer shawls, our group at St. John's varies it a bit, by knitting/crocheting/sewing lots of different items (hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, toys, and prayer shawls) for needy local residents.  We invite anyone who wants to learn to our Sacred Stitches events.  It's so cool!  

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