Members of Westmont Presbyterian Church are tying their prayers together to comfort others.
The church’s chapter of Prayers and Squares, an international, interdenominational ministry, sews pocket prayer quilts to console ill patients and their families.
Members of the congregation take turns praying for patients and patients’ families as they tie knots on one of the five ties sewn onto the pocket prayer quilts.
“We can get quite a few knots in a 41/2-inch tie,” chapter member Linda Capp said. “The knots represent the prayers that were said for the recipient.
“The prayers are said with love for God’s continued blessings in their lives and for comfort, strength and healing.”
“The family members and patients hold the pocket prayer squares and pray over them. As they are holding them, our hope is that they know and feel the prayers of others for them.”
The chapter, comprised of members of Westmont Presbyterian and other churches, started making pocket prayer squares several years ago for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Capp thought patients also would enjoy the small quilts because they are easy to hold. She asked the chapter to start making pocket prayer squares for patients in addition to troops.
The chapter also makes lap quilts for patients to pray over and keep warm.
The chapter sends their quilted items to Memorial Medical Center, Conemaugh Cancer Care Center and John P. Murtha Regional Cancer Center in Johnstown and to Windber Medical Center and Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center in Windber.
Chapter members carry pocket prayer squares with them at all times, Capp said. If they run into someone in need of prayer, they can offer the person a quilt, she said.
For her efforts with the ministry, Capp, a Westmont resident, is the Person of the Week.
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