Methodist shawls offer comfort in times of trouble
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 09, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gilda Gill models one of the comfort shawls that she made with the Methodist Church ministry.
Gilda Gill models one of the comfort shawls that she made with the Methodist Church ministry.
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Sometimes in a time of grief or difficulty, just knowing that someone is praying for you helps you keep going.

That is the idea behind the Cadiz United Methodist Church’s comfort shawl ministry, said member Charlotte Mewbourne. Mewbourne said that she had heard about similar ministries at other churches and that she and a few others at the church were eager to get one started there. She said that people generally contact them to tell them about people they think need comforting. She said the shawls are given to people for many different reasons. Callers have told them about people they think need the shawls who are going through medical procedures, people who have lost loved ones and mothers who have recently given birth and are under a great deal of stress because of their new babies.

Mewbourne said the ministry has received tremendous feedback from people who appreciate what they are doing. She said there are six people who do the knitting and the crocheting and a few more on the committee to decide where to send the shawls. She said that as they make the shawls, they pray for the person who will eventually receive it. Once they are finished, the committee designates to whom the shawls will go.

“Whenever you’re feeling distressed, you can wrap it around you and know that people care for you,” Mewbourne said.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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