Category Archives: Mission & Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry  

Shawls have symbolized shelter, peace, and spiritual sustenance. In a Prayer shawl ministry, people pray as they create hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those in need of care and comfort. The creation and presentation of a prayer shawl, like all acts of generosity, enriches the giver as well as the recipient.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. John’s started in December, 2016. Members gather to knit, crochet and pray as they make prayer shawls, filling each shawl with prayer.  Completed shawls are usually blessed and presented to recipients during a Sunday service, or delivered to the recipient as soon after the service as possible.

In its first year, our prayer shawl group has already  distributed many shawls.

We accept individual requests for shawls through the church office.  Shawls are freely given in love, but we do accept donations for the purchase of yarn.

If you like knit or crochet, or would like to learn to knit or crochet, please join us.


Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 7:00PM in the church library.  We also schedule meetings at members’ homes, and much of our work gets done outside our meetings, wherever members are comfortable knitting or crocheting.

If you would like to find out more about this ministry, if you would like to join us now, or if you or anyone you know would benefit from a prayer shawl, please attend our next meeting or contact the church office, or phone 320-251-8524.

Church of the Week

 In thanksgiving from the Junior Warden: 

From December 15th through December 18th St John’s Episcopal Church was able to host Place of Hope’s Church of the week.  During that time we housed 18 to 20 residents overnight.  Because of this congregation’s generosity in cash donations food gifts we were also able to feed them an evening snack along with breakfast bags the next morning as they were needed. Our volunteers collected and prepared the food and our volunteers staffed each overnight.

To those of you who donated funds and food thank you. And to those who gave their time and effort thank you also. We would not be able to participate in the community in this way without the support we received.  Please continue to support the residents who use the various shelters provided through Church of the Week by lifting them up in your daily prayers.

Always,         Alexis