JEAN SMITH PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

A small group of ladies organized the Prayer Shawl ministry in 2008 for the purpose of knitting shawls to be given to church members, as well as community members, who are experiencing some difficulty in their life.  Subsequent to the initial objective of prayer shawls, the ministry has expanded their outreach to include children's sweaters, hats and mittens, preemie hats for the local hospital, baby blankets for the local hospital as well as blanket for baptized children, scarves for Scarves for Hearts at Crouse Hospital.  Knitters of any and all levels are welcome to join this group meeting on the first and third Monday mornings at 9:30 AM.  Call the church, 834-9212 for additional details.

 

The Prayer Shaw Ministry meets on the first and third Monday each month at 9:30 AM at the home of Jeanette Bates. This year, 2015, we experienced a great loss in the passing of Jean Smith in October. She had been our strong and inspired leader since our origins in 2008.

 

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, a plaque was presented during worship service renaming the Prayer Shawl Ministry to the Jean Smith Prayer Shawl Ministry in honor of the founder and leader of the group who, sadly, passed away last October.

 

 

 Original group of ladies

Left to right:  Rev. Debra Thomas, Carol Ward, Jeanette Bates,

Merle Clark, Jean Smith, Cindy Sears


This year, 2015, we have provided 221 hats for newborns which go to Auburn Community Hospital, Scarves for Hearts for Crouse Hospital, baby blankets, 9 pairs of mittens, 46 sweaters for World Vision, 23 shawls and laprobes for members, family and friends, and Prayer Pals (toy animals) for children. In addition, we have included the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation in our efforts to show care and comfort by making 3 shawls and 8 laprobes (4 of which went to fathers of Chattenooga victims). We have also made 2 animal toys for the nursery above the Sanctuary in case any little one could use a distraction during worship.


We appreciate the contributions of yarn we have received that aids in the production of the items that are produced. Thank you.


We invite any and all of you who are interested in knitting or crocheting items for those people and organizations with a need that we can fulfill to meet with us or to contribute items.


With God's blessing, we will be able to continue for many years to come. Please join us.

 

Jeanette Bates, Merle Clark, Martha Mills, Cindy Sears, Iska Weigand, Ken Weigand

 

In 2015 this small group made and distributed:

 

  • 23 prayer shawls to members and friends
  • 221 new born infant hats to AuburnCommunityHospital
  • Scarves to CrouseHospital
  • 4 blankets/lap robes to EvergreenHeights
  • 46 children sweaters sent to World Vision
  • Baby blankets to Auburn Community Hospital
  • 2 animal toys for nursery
  • 9 pairs mittens

 

In 2014 this small group made and distributed:

 

  • 23 prayer shawls to members and friends
  • 242 new born infant hats to AuburnCommunityHospital
  • 18 scarves to CrouseHospital
  • 4 blankets/lap robes to EvergreenHeights
  • 50 children sweaters sent to World Vision
  • 18 baby blankets to Auburn Community Hospital
  • 8 people pillow and blankets to baptized children

 

In 2013 this small group made and distributed:

  •  18 Prayer Shawls to members, families, co-workers and others needing the warmth and comfort of His grace
  • 3 Lap robes were given to Evergreen Heights Senior home in Weedsport
  • 258 Newborn caps to Auburn Community Hospital
  • 52 Sweaters for Knit for Kids
  • 20 Scarves were given to Health for Hearts at Crouse Hospital
  • 31sets of hats and mittens, 2 pair of slippers and 7 scarves to Salvation Army to be included in their Christmas angel appeal


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