Knit one, pray two: UMW prepares for Assembly


United Methodist Women in Mississippi and around the world are making prayer shawls as they prepare for UMW Assembly May 4-7 in Anaheim, Calif.

The soft, warm shawls can be knitted, crocheted or sewn. As shawls are finished, the unit and pastor pray over them.

 All the shawls will be displayed at Assembly. After the event, the shawls will be given to persons who are ill, have suffered a loss or are in the midst of a crisis

 There is no right or wrong way to create these gifts of love. They do not have to look alike nor be the same color. The patterns are simple and each shawl is one of a kind. For instructions for knitting or crocheting, see page of the February 2006 Beacon.

 “Making shawls is a loving way to reach out to people, a way to share prayer, love and concern,” said Sarah Sanders, conference UMW president.

 Sanders has asked each unit in Mississippi to be a part of this ministry. Local units should send their shawls to her at 2734 Canterbury Road, Columbus, MS 39705. She must ship them to the Women’s Division in New York by March 1.

 UMW Assembly is held every four years. To date, 26 women from Mississippi have registered to attend.  Registration deadline is March 20, or before if seating capacity is met. Go to for more information. “I would hope we would have 100 from Mississippi there,” said Sanders.


Knitting and crocheting
the shawls give us a lift.
We feel deeply honored
to give each as a gift.

Bonds are well established
right from the very start.
Planning and designing
come straight from every heart.

Challenges are mastered
with God’s help from above.
Each shawl is created with her
own precious love.

Every single Prayer Shawl
is made with skill and care.
When it’s wrapped around you
you’ll know that God is there!

– Nikki Davis Pierce