United Methodist Church, Greene NY and Greene Applefest
Thursday, June 22, 2017
 
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
 
    The Prayer Shawl Ministry at the First United Methodist Church in
Greene, NY, is a way in which our church reaches out to those in our community and congregation. The prayer shawls are begun, worked on, and finished with prayer. Each shawl brings to the recipient the warmth, love and concern that, through prayer, have been absorbed into every stitch. Women knit or chochet the shawls at home.
     Prayer shawls are made to give to people who hurt. They are grieving, lonely, homebound, or in physical need. They have also been made to give for special ocassions. Anyone may give a prayer shawl.
     Prayer shawls have affected many church and community members since it began a few years ago.
 
DELIVERED WITH LOVE
 
     Each finished shawl is blessed by members and the pastor. The shawl then receives a note attached to it indicating that it has come from our church. The message on the card says the following:
     "This prayer shawl was made especially for you with love and prayers. It is a gift of the First United Methodist Church of Greene. At the last gathering of our ministry, we gathered in a circle to bless this shawl. May you discover comfort and solace as you wear it. May it encircle you with God's love and peace, now and always.