Have you ever wondered what a prayer looks like? There are several of them in a basket in our Narthex. They are soft, warm and made of different colors. They are made to be wrapped around someone who needs love. They are prayer shawls. While each prayer shawl is being made, each stitch is filled with prayers for the one who will receive the shawl. It is a gift of love and created through the skill of women and men who knit and crochet. Over the past few years, well over 100 such prayer shawls have been created and distributed to many different folks; some who are members and others who are not. Before being distributed, they are blessed during a 10:00 AM worship service. Prayer shawls are gifts freely given with no strings attached. They are not for sale. They are gifts of love. Selling a shawl would defeat the purpose of the ministry. People wanting to help can make donations to the prayer shawl ministry of their congregation. That gift could be used to buy more yarn. If you are interested in being a part of the prayer shawl ministry, speak with Shannon Sprinkle. The Prayer Shawl Ministry of Old St. Paul’s is a group of individuals who create this handiwork especially for anyone in need of comfort and prayer. To make it convenient for the congregation, there is a basket in the Narthex so members can take one as they exit the church. As the basket empties, it will be replenished with more shawls. These shawls are for anyone; young or old, male or female. They are actually more like a small throw blanket rather than a "shawl", and as such, are appropriate for both men and women as well. Consider using a shawl to reach out to someone who needs to be reminded that they are not alone in their struggle and that God is always with them.