Gifts from the Heart: The Prayer Shawl Project

Gifts from the Heart: The Prayer Shawl Project

Gifts from the Heart: The Prayer Shawl Project

If you ever need to chase the blues away, stop by All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Reisterstown on the third Saturday of the month. You’ll find women of all ages from different churches, crocheting and knitting hats for new babies and chemotherapy patients, along with blankets and prayer shawls for any patient. Father David Stenner, rector of All Saints,’ explains what makes this so special. “While the ladies are working on a piece, they pray for the person who will receive it. Each hat, blanket, or shawl has been bathed in prayer, a true expression of God’s grace.” The Prayer Shawl project spun out of “God’s Older Children,” a ministry begun by Father Melvin Turner at All Saints’ in 2003 to advocate for the elderly. Since then, thousands of beautiful items have been given to hospitals and hospices spanning from St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson to Texas – and even Africa. Susanne DeCrane, vice president, Mission Integration at St. Joseph, says, “I cannot express how much it means to our patients, including the parents of our littlest ones, to receive a lovely piece with a special blessing attached. When patients receive a beautiful handmade item with the message ‘May you be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace and wrapped in God’s Love,’ their healing process truly begins.”

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