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Christchurch Prayer Shawl Ministry was formed in 2011 after reading an article in the Reform magazine explaining how it started in America.
A request in our church magazine asking for knitters interested in making the shawls was the start of our group. Our knitters have had so much pleasure in making the shawls and the recipients have received them with gratitude and the love in which they were knitted. Knitted with prayers and blessed in church on completion they signify that Jesus' love is around all recipients.
Over four years and nearly 190 shawls later it has developed and grown and the shawls have been distributed locally, nationally and even internationally to Matugga in Uganda (Bishop Ivan’s family at the Revival Centre).
The range of shawls has now been extended to baby shawls in delicate colours and bright stripes. We have a very active Toddlers Group and Music Movers that meet weekly and many parents attend these sessions. An integral part of our Church and local community, new babies are welcomed with a shawl to show the love Christchurch offers.
The design of the Christchurch shawl has been knitted to depict the Holy Spirit being present in the community and an important part of our lives. Our mission statement is 'Christ at the centre of the church at the heart of the town'. The green / mauve section depicts the hills and moors with heather and the blue represents the River Wharfe and beautiful skies.
All shawls have a tag attached with a prayer and the name of the knitter. The shawls are received with so much gratitude with the love and prayers that were knitted into each shawl giving comfort and the knowledge that they are in God’s care. The shawls have been given to the young, old, infirm or lonely. They span all ages and all troubles. They bring joy, love and comfort.
One shawl given to a seven year old during his undiagnosed illness was told that it was a wrap to keep him warm and that he could feel the hugs from people that loved him. He now sleeps with it every night and calls it ‘His Angel Hug’.
At Christchurch we feel blessed that we are able to spread the love of God in our Community through our Prayer Shawl Ministry.