(Chatsworth, Ga.) — The women of First United Methodist Church are helping Murray Medical Center to fulfill the hospital’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ by supplying prayer shawls for the patients in the Med/Surg area of the hospital.
Chaplain Lorena Bowers of Murray Medical Center connected with the church’s pastor, Tamlyn Collins, and it became evident that there were ways to work together to benefit patients and the community. In Chaplain Bowers’ previous position, she developed a prayer shawl ministry and witnessed the benefits it can provide to patients. She is now doing the same at Murray Medical Center.
Hand-knitted or crocheted, each stitch is made with love and the idea is that the warmth of a prayer shawl will be a comforting blessing. A special ceremony at the First United Methodist Church took place on Sunday, May 14, where each shawl was blessed and prayed for by Chaplain Bowers and Pastor Collins.
Chaplain Bowers shared with the congregation some of the history of prayer shawls. She also shared a poem explaining the loving warmth that a prayer shawl provides for those who receive it. She will share the prayer shawls as appropriate with Murray Medical Center patients.
Murray Medical Center would like to formally thank Pastor Collins and the women of First United Methodist Church for their hard work in making this project a reality.