The prayer shawl ministry at Perry United Methodist Church offers us an opportunity to surround those in need with a tangible reminder of God's love and the love of others. We create our prayer shawls through the talents of crochet and knitting, holding the recipient of the shawl in our thoughts as we work. Each of the stitches used represents the three parts of our God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Once a shawl is complete, we bring it to worship where it is blessed by our community of believers before it is sent to a person in need. We have sent nearly 500 shawls to people around the world who are experiencing significant health issues, life-changing events, and other situations. 

If you are interested in providing shawls please use the patterns below, if you cannot knit or crochet, we accept donations of new yarn and funds to purchase materials and to pay shipping costs. Please contact the church at 785-597-5375 for information on how you can receive a prayer shawl or have one created for a person in need or for information on donating shawls, supplies or to make a financial contribution.

Crochet Pattern:
Size N-13 or P-15 hook
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (or others if preferred) - 3-4 skeins
Loosely chain 43 stitches
Row 1: Half-Double-Crochet (HDC) in the 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 2: HDC in each HDC across. Continue until shawl is approximately 60 inches long and finish off. Add fringe to the ends for a final touch.

Knitting Pattern:
Size 10.5 through 15 needles
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (or others if preferred) - 3-4 skeins
Cast on 57 stitches
Row 1: Knit 3, purl 3 to end.
Repeat row 1 until shawl is approximately 60 inches long and finish off. Add fringe to the ends.

"Shawls ... made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to  fly above their troubles..."

Janet Severi Bristow, Founder