Comfort Shawl Ministry


“Shawls… made for centuries… universal and embracing…. symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify.” Janet Bristow

Through involvement with the Comfort Shawl Ministry, you will feel God’s call to serve others as a member of the Providence community. Coming together once a week to produce these handmade items as gifts of comfort to those in need is a visible sign of our concern and care of our members and those outside the walls of our church. Please check the church calendar for the day and time of our meetings.

History of Providence Comfort Shawl Ministry

One of our members, while recovering from an accident, received a shawl from a friend whose church had a shawl ministry. The gesture was so unexpected and comforting that some Providence members decided that it would be a wonderful way to do outreach through handwork skills. The Comfort Shawl Ministry was established and has been operating since 2008.  Members meet regularly to knit or crochet at their own speed to produce these items of comfort for people who are undergoing physical or psychological stress in their lives. In addition to shawls, we have begun making hats and scarves which are given to local schools for children in need and also to organizations helping our homeless community.

With the completion of each shawl, hat or scarf, a prayer travels with it to its recipient. It is our hope that our handwork will make the love of God feel real to someone who is in need.

Use of our items:

  • Medical procedures, Illness, and Recovery
  • After a loss, Bereavement
  • Meditation
  • Birthing, Baptism
  • For warmth from the cold
  • Just Because