Prayer Shawl Ministry


During these pandemic times, things continue to be different. As the Sunday services continue to be on-line, parishioners are not entering into the church building. As a reminder, the Prayer Shawl Ministry remains in place.

Who might receive a prayer shawl? Anyone who needs the comfort of a handmade item! It may be an individual you know who has had a recent loss, who is going through an illness or reeling from a disaster. People who receive prayer shawls often consider them to be special items that they will keep forever. The item provides physical comfort, actual warmth and a tangible reminder that there are others in the world that care for them. Wrapped in the snug hug of a prayer shawl, the person can feel the love that went into each of the stitches.

If you would like to have a prayer shawl, or give a prayer shawl at this time, there is no charge.  PLEASE contact Brenda Disbrow, Parish Nurse. Either email Brenda or leave a message on her church voice mail: (330) 725-8885 “70”

Our wonderful shawls are provided by Sandy Kelling (with help from Sandy Andrews).  They are often knit or crocheted with a pattern in multiples of three, symbolic of the Holy Trinity.  The shawls are located in the 'Room of the Cross', behind the Sanctuary, and are available for all to share with loved ones (once the church is open).

"Shawls ... 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..."

Written in 1998 by: Janet Severi Bristow