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Prayer Shawl Ministry 

You will find knitters at a table in the corner of Wellspring, as they come and go during Wellspring Café's Thursday opening hours. Training available, if required!


The purpose of the work is to knit God’s love, care and warmth into shawls for those who need them. Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, the shawl is placed beside the cross during an act of worship and blessed before being sent on its way, when both the giver and receiver feel the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!

The prayer shawl ministry began at Earlsdon in October 2007. Since then events have confirmed that God did indeed call us to this ministry. A core group (currently 9 knitters) meet in Wellspring on Thursdays and there is always one or more present throughout Wellspring’s opening hours. Many people coming in for coffee or lunch stop by our table to ask what we are doing which enables us to witness to our belief in the power of prayer whilst talking about such an eminently non threatening activity – knitting! The Thursday knitters come from various churches, both Methodist and other denominations. In addition members of a knitting group, which meets in a home in Earlsdon, have made shawls for the ministry. Other people have wool to knit at home.

Many of the shawls are knitted “to order”. That is, we are asked to knit for specific individuals and told something of the reason for the request. The reasons for the requests have ranged widely, from illness to celebration, from worrying or stressful circumstances to individuals rising to new challenges. Some requests come from our Minister and the pastoral leaders but many come from individuals in our church community. Some requests are for members of our community here in Earlsdon church and many are for people in the wider community. Always, the knitters pray throughout the making process, and the finished shawls receive a blessing in church before being given to the recipient.

Those of us knitting have found participating in this ministry a profoundly enriching and humbling experience, and we know from the feedback we have received from many receiving the shawls, that the constant reminder that they have been and are being prayed for, is something which touches them deeply.

We purchase the materials as they are needed and from the beginning have frequently been prompted to know that a particular yarn or colour is right for a given individual. From time to time those requesting a shawl have been able to tell us such things as well. There is always a little wool left over as each shawl is finished and this is passed to the group at the Cathedral who knit blankets for disaster relief and are always crying out for oddments and left over wool.

We are grateful for the support the prayer shawl ministry has received from this church community, in terms of allowing us to operate in Wellspring, for their prayer support and not least the generous donations from individuals which enables us to purchase materials.

We thank God for the privilege He has given us of serving Him through the prayer shawl ministry.

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Currently we are not offering tea, coffee and biscuits after the service due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, but it is hoped we can re start soon.

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a disabled toilet off the back of church.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.30am, but when the music is led by our Worship Band, we have a few hymns &/or songs before the service starts. There is then a warm welcome from one of our Stewards. Church news & extra notices may also be given at this time. Our services are typically an hour long, with a mixture of hymns, prayers, bible readings and a sermon. One of our leaders will give the sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We finish with a final worship song before a final prayer is said. (Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.)

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What about my kids?

If you would like information of the activities available for children when they restart please Contact Us.

Have you got children? Would you like to bring them to church?

Earlsdon Methodist Church aims to provide a safe & welcoming environment in which children can be themselves & have fun learning about our Christian faith. Please see our Sunday Services page for more information on Sunday morning groups for children.

Current mid-week groups available for children are as follows:

  • Prayers & Bears – every Wednesday morning starting at 8.45 am. This is hosted by the church but led by Tulo & Sarah Raistrick from St Barbara’s C of E Church & is open to parents & carers with children aged ?).
  • Dayspring Steel Band – please follow this link for more information.

In addition to the above we now have two youth pastors, Ruda & Ady, & we welcome the new opportunities that they are bringing for our children & youth

If you have any questions about any of the above then please Contact Us .


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, morning, afternoons and evenings.

Our groups include:-

  • Tuesday Prayer Lunch
  • Wednesday Fellowship
  • Wednesday Word
  • Dayspring Steel Band
  • Wellspring Café
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.
  We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes