St. John's UMC Prayer Shawl Ministry

St. John's Prayer Shawl Ministry is a combination of prayers and knitting (or crocheting) for the ministry of others. We strive to bring God's love to folks in need, through the comfort and warmth of our handmade shawls. It doesn't matter what your skill level is, everyone is welcome! We have already given away more than 100 shawls!

Our meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month at St. John's United Methodist Church from 7:00-9:00 pm. Practice yarn will be available for beginners. Bring your 10" knitting needles (size 8, 9, or 10) and we'll knit while we talk!

If you cannot attend meetings but would like to make shawls for our ministry, call Wanda Esh Gregg at 717-295-4659 for more information!

Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry Team:

Dale Bowman
Carol Dittoe
Gladys Esh
Wanda Gregg
Theda Groff
Samantha Hunt
Denise King
Janae Knosp
Jillian Knosp
Louise Knosp
Mary Parke
Doris Rynier
Glenda Worst

Please check out the link to the Prayer Shawl Ministry page: You can visit their site and learn about the origins of the prayer shawl ministry and obtain prayers, patterns, tips, and so on.


Some of the recipients of the Prayer Shawls


Our prayer shawls have traveled beyond the Paradise, PA area. Glenda Worst, one of our more prolific knitters, shares her story of her prayer shawls’ journey:

In January 2012 I was volunteering at an event for Paradise Township. I had to sit and collect money for three hours. I don't like to just sit and have "idle hands," so I took my prayer shawl knitting. A couple came in to see the display of trains and the woman ask me what I was doing. I told her about our church's prayer shawl group. She asked me how she could get one for her elderly aunt. I had her write down what color she would like and a mailing address. So I knitted one for her and mailed it.
A few days later I received an email requesting a second one for a relative. Then a request came for a third one. In May a request came for two more. She told me that whenever someone sees one they want one, too! They think they are wonderful.
In July a request came for five prayer shawls, (which were finished and mailed in December, just in time for Christmas). My granddaughter Jillian was in the room when I read that email and responded: "Oh my, I am just going to have to help you; that is a lot!” So she helped. All of these shawls go to Delaware. I have also sent 3 to North Carolina. I have received photographs of the people enjoying them.
Freda Hairston is the lady who asked me that day in January. We correspond by email. I told her that we have our own prayer shawl ministry: I knit and she delivers. And I enclose information about St. John’s with every shawl sent.

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