Sunday, February 18, 2007

RESOURCE ~ Prayer Quilts Multiply Love & Prayer

Prayers & Squares
is an interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt. Unlike many other organizations that make quilts for charitable causes, the purpose of Prayers & Squares is not to make and distribute quilts, but to promote prayer through the use of quilts. Our motto is: "It's not about the quilt; it's all about the prayers."

Each Knot Represents a Prayer
The idea behind these prayer quilts is simple. A heavy thread is used to take stitches through the quilt layers, and the ends are left free to be tied with square knot. As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is said for someone in special need, who then receives the finished quilt.

Through Prayers & Squares many quilts have been distributed, each a special gift of love. They have been made for sick babies, for cancer and AIDS patients, for adults and children facing surgery or personal crisis; for many reasons, but each for someone in special need of prayer.

The Ministry now consists of many individual chapters around the world. Each chapter has agreed to follow three basic rules, which we refer to as the "Three Commandments of Prayers & Squares".

The Ministry began in 1992 at Hope United Methodist Church in Rancho Bernardo, California. The history of Prayers & Squares includes the touching story about the first prayer quilt, made for 2-year-old Kody.

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