Prayers and Squares, Chapter 1266
In the spirit of St. Martha, we invite you to learn more about the newly formed Prayer Quilt Ministry at Saint Martha, Prayers and Squares, Chapter 1266. This ministry promotes the healing power of prayer through the gift of a hand made quilt. Quilts will be offered to those that have asked for prayers of comfort or healing . Prayer quilts are tied with a heavy thread, and each knot represents a prayer that was said for the person in need. Prayer quilts remind the recipient that God is there in the midst of their struggles, and that many people are praying for them. We like to say, “It’s not about the quilt; it’s all about the prayers."
What Is The Prayer Quilt Ministry?
Prayers & Squares began in 1992 and our chapter was formed in 2018. The ministry is an interfaith outreach that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt..
Each Knot Represents a Prayer. The idea behind these prayer quilts is simple. A heavy thread is used to take 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 offered for the person for whom the quilt was requested. What makes each quilt so special is not the pattern, color or workmanship, but the fact that prayer is symbolically tied into each one. The quilt is a tangible reminder of God’s loving, comforting and healing presence. Recipients are able to wrap themselves in the prayers and love of God’s people.
How Do I Request A Prayer Quilt?
The Prayer Quilt sponsor must first ask the recipient if they are willing to accept a quilt and what specific prayers are requested. Sponsors are normally responsible for delivering the quilt to the recipient.
Why not "surprise" the recipient with a prayer quilt? A "surprise" prayer quilt is not appropriate. The recipient might not be comfortable being a "prayer focus.” There is also the question of confidentiality. We need to know how much information the recipient wants to be shared about their situation and what prayers they would like offered on their behalf.
Prayer Quilts are always freely given and can’t be bought. The ministry does however, accept donations to support the making of the quilts.
If you would like to request a Prayer Quilt or are interested in joining the Prayer Quilt Ministry, please contact Mary Hall at 517-410-2533 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are always looking for quilters to join this ministry but it is not necessary to know how to quilt as there are many ways you can contribute your time & talent:
- Add prayer ties into a quilt
- Help piece together a quilt top
- Hand sew a binding
- Attach a label
- Donate cotton fabric, thread, or batting
- Monetary donation
- Pray for quilt recipients
Here is a quote from our first Prayer Quilt recipient
This is a picture I took of me, wrapped in this beautiful quilt for my infusions today. It was so warm and comfortable and I got to tell so many nurses, volunteers and friends about how each knot represents a prayer said for me. It was so fun to share this beautiful quilt with everyone at the infusion center who I consider my friends now. Thank you again for this loving gift!