Meadville Tribune


March 29, 2011

Wrapped in Prayer

Prayer shawls bring comfort to those battling cancer


MEADVILLE — Richard Sayer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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The Rising Galleries at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute on Conneaut Lake Road in Vernon Township has a display of prayer shawls up through the end of the month.

Want to get involved?

You don’t have to be a member of a prayer shawl ministry to help. Sue Kilburn says If you have the time and talent for knitting and crocheting, the items you make would be welcomed. Some churches have prayer shawl ministries set up, but many donations simply come in from individuals. To donate a shawl or lap robe or blanket they can be dropped of at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute on Conneaut Lake road any time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Kilburn said that even though the response has been good, that these items are always in need.

How to start a ministry

The prayer shawl ministry website offers thoughts on starting groups in your area. They recommend finding a place to suit the needs for meetings such as a church or community center, a library or a senior center.

They recommend placing ads in church bulletins, newsletters, community or senior center bulletin boards or even the local newspaper. Flyers with sign up or contact information is also helpful.

They also recommend having shawls on display where possible with information and contact details with the shawl.

Workshops could be offered to gain more interest. They have further details at as well as downloadable brochures that can be modified to include local contact information and event dates.

The website says that as a group begins to gather more regularly and share thoughts and insights, the direction of the group will become clearer and the needs of the local community will help modify the needs of the group.

They also state that a group doesn’t need to worry about who will be getting the shawls and that they’ll come to you with ease.

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