New Shawl Ministry Coming to East Shore

colorful yarn balls with needles

In collaboration with the Lay Pastoral Ministers and Rev. Furrer, we will be starting a Shawl Ministry here at East Shore. We will call them Care Shawls, and we need your help!

What is a Care Shawl?

Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. The love and compassion of the community are put into every stitch. The shawls can also be crocheted, quilted, woven or machine knitted as well!

Who gets a shawl?

Shawls can be used for: undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement, prayer or meditation; during an illness and recovery…there are endless possibilities!

How can I help?

There are three ways you can help: 1. Donate Yarn. Yarn can be expensive, do you have any just sitting around? Maybe you changed your mind or never got around to that project. Please bring any donated yarn to Nicole’s office. She will put them in the right hands.

2. Make a Shawl. You can make a shawl any time and drop if off in Nicole’s office. It will then be distributed to a member in need. You can find information and patterns at To make a shawl personal, the giver or the recipient may want to adorn the shawl with beads, shells, feathers and charms.  A blessing or ritual may be offered when the gift is presented.

3. Help Organize the Team. We are looking for someone who can help organize a team of knitters, crocheters and more! The idea would be to organize a monthly gathering time to sit, talk, share ideas, patterns and yarn. If you are interested in helping, please contact Nicole.