About Us - The Prayer Quilt Ministry

Can you touch a prayer?
Can you pull it close and feel its comfort

You can if it's part of a Prayer Quilt from Prayers & Squares, the Prayer Quilt Ministry. It's a simple idea with powerful results, but our Prayer Quilts are more than just colorful, comforting blankets. The warmth they bring comes from the prayers that are tied into each knot. Does this ministry interest you. You may be inspired to start your own chapter.

The History of Prayers & Squares

Kody in 1992 and in 1996.
A few ladies started an informal quilting group in 1992 at Hope United Methodist Church in Ranch Bernardo, California, with no other purpose than to have fun making quilts together. Then, a group member's 2-year-old grandson ended up in a coma following heart surgery. His doctors were very pessimistic about Kody's chances for recovery. The ladies decided to make a quilt in vivid primary colors. There was no time to quilt it, so it was tied with perle cotton thread as silent prayers were said for Kody. "There must be a prayer tied in with each knot" someone remarked. The group's first prayer quilt was rushed to the hospital that night.

Even before he was fully conscious, Kody's little hands were touching and fingering the knots on his quilt. After he came out of the coma, the quilt became important in his recovery. In fact, his doctors wrote into his medical chart that the quilt was not to leave his side! Through several subsequent surgeries, whenever he needed another needle stick or a scary test, that quilt was right with him, providing comfort and strength for many years. We are sorry to report that Kody died suddenly at age 14 in November, 2003. Our prayers are with his godmother, Carolyn Wright and his grandmother, Reva Eggleston. Both of these ladies were part of the founding Prayers & Squares group.   

The Birth of a Ministry

During Kody's long hospital stay in 1992, the parents of other children were asking where they could get prayer quilts for their sick little ones. The quilting ladies realized they had more work to do! In order to involve as many people as possible in the prayer process, they began to bring the quilts to Sunday services and invited the entire congregation to participate in praying and tying the knots. As a result, more prayer quilt requests came in. What had begun as a small project had grown into an active outreach Ministry at Hope UMC.

In 1996 another of the founding members, Wendy Mathson, moved to a neighboring community and started attending the Community Church of Poway. She started Chapter 2 in that congregation with the help of their Women's Fellowship group. As the two churches received more and more requests for prayer quilts, Wendy realized that more congregations would be willing to participate if they had guidance and help getting started. Members of the original group began looking for opportunities to speak to other churches about Prayer Quilts. Wendy put together an information kit for new chapters and brought together a steering committee to organize Prayers & Squares, The Prayer Quilt Ministry into a non-profit entity. Growth has been steady since then. The Ministry has truly been blessed!

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