225-766-4594     230 Renee' Drive   Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 11 a.m. and Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

Faith Stories: Prayer Shawl Ministry

“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Proverbs 31:13

As a young child in Scotland I was taught to knit and crochet. Later I would knit sweaters for our children, but after arriving in Louisiana our son Brian said, “Mom we do not need sweaters here.” So my knitting came to a halt for a while.

After joining St. John’s I went to a prayer group, and the leader brought a prayer shawl. A light bulb went off in my head, although I think it was rather a nudge from God for me to use my given talent to knit prayer shawls. I love to knit, and it has been extremely rewarding to be able to give the shawls to people in need of comfort and love.

One of my dearest friends whose husband had died wrote me saying, “I was feeling cold and desolate so I wrapped myself in the prayer shawl, baptized it with my tears, and soon felt a great comfort and love.”

A quote from Susan Izard and Susan Jorgenson: “Out of a single strand of yarn a flowing fabric emerges that will eventually wrap itself around another’s shoulders and speak love into another’s heart.”

Blessings and Love,
Kathleen Matthew

Share Your Story of Faith!

The Witness committee is looking to record your experiences working with St. John’s ministries or other activities where you’ve experienced God’s presence. We’ll be collecting the stories and sharing them regularly via email, on our website and our newsletter as space allows. You can either send in a short story or just have a conversation with us and we’ll do the writing. Contact Kathy King ( for more information.

  Be Welcomed. Be Loved.

We are a Christian community called to share our gifts through worship, witness and service so that others will know God and become disciples of Jesus Christ.


Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

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St. John's United Methodist Church

(Note New Mailing Address)
230 Renee' Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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  Office hours : Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fri, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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