Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry Delivers Baby Blankets to Ronald McDonald, Residents.

Westminster's Prayer Shawl Ministry delivered hand-knit baby blankets to the Ronald McDonald Room at St. Luke's May 9. Parents using the Ronald McDonald Facilities can take a blanket home with them once their babies are well enough to go home. The women also toured the facility to learn more about what the "room" offers. It's actually several rooms with a kitchen/dining area, sitting room, bedrooms and laundry facilities. It's a great comfort to those who want to stay close to a child in the NICU or other parts of the hospital. The blankets will be a great comfort, too.

Westminster's Prayer Shawl Ministry gives hand knit baby blankets to Ronald McDonald Room in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Beautiful baby blankets knitted by our Prayer Shawl Ministry. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry members give baby blankets to Jenny Bosking, Manager of the Ronald McDonald Room.

Jenny Bosking, of Ronald McDonald Room accepts baby blankets from Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Needles Click, Warmth Spreads…

Twice a month,  the small parlor off the Sanctuary fills with sounds of chatter, the smell of coffee and the sounds of good friends coming together for a common cause. It’s Westminster’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. The group started in February 2004. To date, they have given away nearly 500 prayer shawls. Recipients have ranged from new parents to members who have suffered the loss of a loved one. One of the most memorable special projects was their “Save the Penguins” project in 2014. Members knitted sweaters for penguins that had been affected by oil spills in Australia.

Linda Smith wrote about that amazing effort in  her column, “From the Knitting Basket.”

“All things bright and beautiful; all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful; the Lord God made them.” We learned the penguins in Australia were in need of hand knitted sweaters to wear. It sounded intriguing! Penguins are being covered in oil from oil spills in the ocean. They are poisoned and die from picking at the oil on their feathers. The sweaters provide a barrier to prevent them from ingesting the oil before workers are able to clean it off. A request went out over the internet that included a pattern for the sweater. We went right to work! And now, we are packing a box full of sweaters to mail off to Australia. Our group is excited to help protect God’s creatures in our own small way. “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.” Proverbs 12:10 (NIV) -Linda Smith

-Linda Smith

Prayer Shawls - A Special Memory

"Some years ago now, my mother passed away.  At the time I received a shawl from WPC's Shawl Ministry with a card with the name of the person who knit it for me.  Though I didn't know that person, I tucked the card away with some other mementos and the shawl always hangs on the back of my chair by the window.  I throw it over my shoulders to keep the cold away.  About two years later I retired and got involved with our Loaves & Fishes food pantry. It took awhile but I came to know all the volunteers, and the name of one of them tripped a memory of that little card I had tucked away.  Sure enough it was made by one of our dearest volunteers at Loaves & Fishes, Sharon Dewey!  I love Sharon Dewey. - Jan Kosowski




Barb Moss gives fleece blankets to high school senior at Westminster Prebyterian Church.
Prayer Shawl made by Westminster ministry is draped over a member's chair.

Fleece blankets in college colors for WPC's high school graduates are part of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Karol Cooper eads th Prayer Shawl Ministry in prayer and conversation.

Led by Karol Cooper, this industrious group will even show you how to knit if you'd like to join. Anyone who has ever benefited from the comfort of a prayer shawl during a difficult time in life can attest to just how special this ministry is. Know someone who could benefit from a shawl? Call the office and let us know. We'll make sure you get one!

Westminster Prayer Shawl Ministry kniting prayer shawls in Cedar Rapid, IA.
Westminster Presyterian Church's Prayer Shawl Ministry knits and chats.