What is a prayer quilt?

Can you touch a prayer? Can you pull it close and feel its comfort? You can if it is part of a prayer quilt.

The idea behind these quilts is simple, yet powerful. 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 offered for someone who has asked us to pray for them – someone in special need. The quilt is then given to that person. What makes each quilt so special is not the pattern, color, or workmanship, but the fact that prayer is symbolically tied into each one. These comforters are a statement of faith and a testament to our belief in God and the power of prayer.

Prayers & Squares, The Prayer Quilt Ministry, began in 1992 at Hope United Methodist Church in San Diego, California. Since then the ministry has expanded to include chapters in churches of many denominations around the world. Hillsdale Presbyterian Church is Chapter 1048.

Through Prayers & Squares, thousands of 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 difficult family situations – for many reasons, but each for someone in special need of the healing power of prayers.

Would you like to learn more about how you can help or support this ministry? Here’s what you can do:

  • Wash & iron fabric
  • Cut & sew fabric
  • Pray & tie a knot
  • Become a ‘batting angel’
  • Donate fabric
  • Sponsor a quilt
  • There are many more opportunities. Contact Leslie Birmingham at charleslie2002@gmail.com.

The Three Commandments of the Prayer Quilt Ministry are:

  1. Remember the Prayers & Squares motto: ‘It’s not about the quilt; it’s all about the prayers.’ The purpose of our ministry must be to promote an active prayer life among the participants, not just to make and give away quilts.
  2. You must ASK before you give the gift of a prayer quilt; surprises are not appropriate. Ask if the person to receive the quilt will accept the gift of prayer. Ask what they would like us to pray for. Ask what information about their situation may be shared.
  3. Do not accept any form of payment for a prayer quilt. It is a gift of love and prayer which cannot be bought or sold.

Prayers & Squares, A Prayer Quilt Ministry has a website, www.prayerquilt.org  You are encouraged to explore the website for inspirations as well as blessings.

Meeting Times:

They meet every other month on the second Saturday from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at the “Quilted Sunflower Quilt Shop” in Spring Hill.  The months are January, March, May, July, September, and November. You can reach Leslie at 816-509-5610 if you have any questions.

The Hillsdale Presbyterian “Prayers and Squares” Chapter 1048 meets at Leslie Birmingham’s quilt shop in Spring Hill and has set workdays for this ministry. Come when you can, and bring your own lunch. Everyone at HPC is a part of this ministry. All are welcome!