Prayer Quilt Ministry
“It’s not about the quilts, it’s all about the prayers.”
The idea behind these prayer quilts is simple. A heavy thread is used to take the stitches through the quilt layers, and the ends are left free to be tied with a square knot. As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is said for someone in special need, who then receives the finished quilt.
The purpose of the Prayer Quilt Ministry is not to make and distribute quilts, but to promote prayer through the use of quilts. The quilt is simply the prayer carrier. This is not just a gift of a quilt–it is a gift of love and prayer. It is a statement of faith in God and in His power to comfort, strengthen, and heal.
A prayer quilt is appropriate for someone, anyone who is experiencing physical, emotional, spiritual, or some other life crisis, and who feels they could benefit from being “covered in prayer”, with the quilt being a tangible sign of God’s ever present grace and love, available to all of us.
A few reasons for requesting a quilt include (but certainly not limited to):
- Emotional distress
- Spiritual distress
- Receiving an upsetting diagnosis
- Sudden death of a loved one
- Long-term illness
This is a caring ministry, not a celebratory one, a prayer quilt would not be appropriate for birthdays, baptisms, weddings, or as any other type of gift.
Anyone can request a quilt for another person (after receiving permission from the recipient). We refer to the requester as the quilt’s sponsor.
For questions or to volunteer for this ministry please contact:
- Carrie Shampoe — Prayer Quilt Coordinator for Abbe Reformed Church
(716) 355-8858 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gail Borst — Prayer Quilt Coordinator for Clymer Hill Reformed Church
(716) 355-4378 or email@example.com