What is a Prayer Quilt? Can you touch a prayer? Can you pull it close and feel its comfort? You can if it's part of a prayer quilt.
Chapter 24 of Prayers & Squares was established in July of 2000 at St. Mary's. It started in 1992 at Hope United Methodist church in Rancho Bernardo, California and is a non-profit world-wide prayer ministry that has been making prayer quilts.
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 someone in special need. The quilt is then given to that person. 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.
Before the pandemic, we met every Monday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We will soon announce our resumption of meeting soon. The parish has been given the use of long arm quilters, and members are using these to complete an important process in quilt making. We will be inviting others to learn this skill as well. If you are interested in learning the use of a long arm quilting machine, please contact us.
Before any quilt is prepared for a recipient, we always ask if they would like to receive our gift of prayer and what their prayer needs are. We depend on contributions from our members and others to support this ministry. We never accept any form of payment for our quilts.
On Sunday the quilt(s) are displayed and blessed during the worship service. Our members also pray for the recipient and tie knots before and after the service.
You may request a prayer quilt for a family member, friend, neighbor or anyone else you know who needs a prayer. To obtain a prayer quilt you must submit a request form to the church office either by picking up a form at the office or printing a form below.