The Prayer Shawl Ministry was created as a sub-group of the Worship and Covenant Ministry in October 2004. An article in the Congregator, our church newsletter, announced the time and place. Dianne Moore Eakin led the group. She opened with prayer and devotions. The group shared their latest creations and closed the evening with a blessing of the shawls. This became a new avenue to serve members and friends of our church who are ill, grieving, in transition or others who are celebrating the birth of a child or marriage.

Since the beginning, the group has knitted or crocheted over 550 shawls. We also knit chemo caps for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, scarves for the UCC Synod meeting, and baby blankets for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland. We have sent others to fallen soldiers and missions in Honduras, India and Africa.

A lovely basket was donated where we keep the blessed shawls awaiting their new recipient. We welcome donations, either of yarn or money, to further the work of this ministry.

The group includes beginners to exceptional knitters. If you are looking for a way to serve others and use your creative skills while enjoying fellowship then you may want to consider joining this ministry. The group meets monthly on the second Thursday from 1:30 - 3:00 PM September, October, and January - May.