Prayer Quilt Team
Written by Di Gillett, Prayer Quilt Ministry Coordinator
The Prayer Quilt Ministry ...
commenced ten years ago following a visit to St Andrew’s Anglican Parish, Coloundra, Queensland by the Revd Sarah MacPherson who was our assistant priest at the time. With support from the congregation at St George’s, our first quilts were made in May 2008 when a group of church members, some patch workers and helpers gathered together to provide lap-sized quilts handtied with ‘prayer knots’ of love.
Every quilt is offered to someone with a special need for prayer or going through a difficult time in their life. Each quilt has a sponsor who is asked to take the prayer coverlet to the recipient once it has been blessed in church by the priest and prayers said by members of the congregation for the recovery or strengthening of the person being prayed for by God’s people in Dunsborough.
For more information about Prayer Quilts worldwide: www.prayerquilts.org
We have completed several hundred quilts and they have been given to locals, people living in other parts of the country and quite a few have found their way to various parts of the world. Each prayer quilt has its own personal story. Being a quilt maker is a very humbling experience; here are some of the responses we have received over the years:
‘… especially, I thank you for the quilt, we felt the warmth and spiritual blessing’.
‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart, a very special thoughtful gift that I will treasure for the rest of my life’.
‘To the wonderful ladies of St George’s, a big thank you for your prayers and especially the beautiful quilt’.
‘I knew when my quilt was in Church and blessed, I just felt so much better.’
‘The Prayer Quilt Ministry is a phenomenal way for the community to express their love for anyone in crisis’.
The Ministry is mostly self-funding as we receive various donations of materials and supplies from individuals and organisations. The group of ladies who help make the quilts are all caring people, some have great sewing skills, others are learning as they go, but all benefit from being part of team of people who work together to create a very special gift. Several years ago, we were able to assist a Prayer Quilt group to start in Esperance, followed by another in Albany afterwards.
God takes ordinary people and gives them the power to do extraordinary things.