Prayers & Squares
Prayer & Squares Quilt Ministry
In November 2003, two ULC quilters started a ministry that has wrapped individuals from around the world in prayer over 1200 times! You may request a prayer quilt or join in creating these quilts during our monthly sewing days. [Read more: The national Prayers & Squares Ministry began in 1992 at Hope United Methodist Church in Rancho Bernardo, California. The ULC prayer quilt ministry is chapter 163.
Prayers & Squares is an interfaith outreach organization that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt. 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 said for someone in speacial need, who then receives the finished quilt. Since the quilt ministry began at ULC, over 70% of the quilts are given to people who are not members of the church.
The prayers are offered for a specific person to pray for them. The quilt is given to that person as a tangible sign of prayer, and as a statement of our faith in God. We believe that prayer is a powerful tool which God has provided for us. As quilts are needed, they are displayed in the sanctuary on Sunday morning and worship participants add prayers and knots and sign the accompanying card.
Quilters meet monthly (the second Tuesday from 9 am to 12:30.) to construct the quilts. We also meet the 4th Saturday in Sept., Oct., Jan., Feb., March, and April from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
We do have kits with directions available for those who would like to get a head start making a prayer quilt. Contact Bobbie, Ann or Linda Ramsey (ULC office) for "homework."
Everyone is welcome from beginners to experienced quilters! Even if you dont sew, we need people to cut and iron.
There are many ways to help with or support this ministry: