Consider the Prayer Shawl Ministry

Consider the Prayer Shawl Ministry

by Marge O'Neil (pictured below left), of Trinity, Sutter Creek; photos courtesy of Mary Ann Tortorich

Why not consider the Prayer Shawl Ministry?

At Trinity, Sutter Creek, Carol Holt, Donna Matson and Linda Lee started this ministry, which has been very successful, having distributed 50 shawls. When they offered "Knitting 101," designed for beginners, I attended. It was great! I learned what size needles to use, the kind of yarn best for a shawl, how to cast on, knit, purl and more.

I also had a chance to get to know folks on a more intimate level, as it is a small (but mighty) group. At our last session, there were eight women, six of whom were from the 8:30 am service. We visited, knit and crocheted and had a good time, all while doing something worthwhile. On Sunday, November 20, the Rev. Karen Siegfriedt blessed approximately 12 shawls, one of which was mine.

We begin with prayer, asking that our hands knit well for those in need, and we end with prayer, asking for strength to continue to do this work. When we have a completed shawl, we all put our hands on the shawl(s) and pray over them. These shawls are blessed many times over. They are truly made with love.

I feel like I am at a country knitting circle, just like the pioneers had. It is a great experience and a good cause. If you know of anyone in need or if you have received a shawl yourself, I am sure you agree that this is a wonderful ministry. If you want to share in the fun and be part of this ministry, all you need is a willingness to learn.

Our meetings are the second Monday of the month from 6 - 7:30 pm at Trinity Sutter Creek, 430 Highway 49, Sutter Creek, CA 95865 (view map).

Those interested can contact Carol Holt: (209) 296-2562, or

To learn more about Trinity, Sutter Creek and their ministries, visit

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