Vision: To combine the care and the love of knitting and crochet into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. To knit many blessings into every shawl.
Mission Statement: To provide handmade shawls and/or lap robes to persons undergoing medical procedures; during an illness and recovery; as a comfort after a loss, during bereavement; for prayer or meditation; for commitment or marriage ceremonies; for birthing/nursing a baby; as a bridal shower gift; birthdays; ministering to others or just socializing…
· Since the ministry started in 2008, at least 295 shawls have been completed, blessed and presented - 125 of them since the last church conference. Recipients include Kenwood members, family and friends, the chaplaincy at
and volunteer services at the VA hospital.
· Over a dozen shawls/lap robes are completed, blessed and waiting to be presented as needed.
· Five chemo hats have been made and given to Froedtert.
· Forty two prayer scarves have been presented to Froedtert for persons who do not wish to wear a shawl.
· Twenty-one pocket prayer "shawls" have been presented to Froedtert .
· Eight cotton bandages have been knit for lepers.
· A few preemie hats were made for the 2010 in-gathering.
· Lots more stitches and blessings: Shawls. Scarves. Pocket shawls, and a variety of other items.
· Hats, mittens and scarves are also being made for this year's mitten tree
For more information call the Kenwood church office (414 332-5935)
- What are prayer shawls? Shawls that are knit, crocheted, quilted, embroidered, woven, etc. by members of the prayer shawl group. A blessing is said over the materials before the shawl is started, prayers are stitched into it, and another blessing is said over the completed shawl before it is presented.
- What are the shawls used for? They can be given for persons undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss; during bereavement; prayer or meditation; marriage ceremonies; shower gifts; during an illness or recovery; and more. The possibilities are endless.
- Who can receive a shawl? Anyone who would benefit from the warmth and comfort of wrapping in a shawl.
- How can I get a shawl to give? By calling the Kenwood church office (414 332-5935)
- How much do they cost? There is no charge for a shawl, but donations are gladly accepted. The average shawl costs $20-$25 to make, package, and send. Donations help to keep this ministry going.
- What can I do to help? Any or all of the following:
- Meet regularly at a given time to work, pray and socialize with others. (Meetings are 1st Mon. at 1:30, and 3rd Tues. at 1:30. All meetings are in the Youth Room.)
- Make shawls at home in your free time.
- Donate yarn (It takes 555 yds. for the average knitted ones or 740 yds. for crocheted ones or lap robes. That's about four or five 3.5 oz skeins.)
- Donate funds to purchase supplies. Write checks to Kenwood UMC and indicate that they are for shawl ministry.