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PW Quilters
Leader: Elizabeth Gray



 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 the Presbyterian Women.  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 a square knot.  As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is said for someone in need, who then receives the finished quilt.


The Presbyterian Women are not alone in their mission of prayer.  Prayers & Squares is an interfaith outreach ministry with over 405 Chapters around the world combining 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 just to make and distribute quilts, but to promote prayer through the use of quilts.


Members, no matter their Religious Denomination must adhere to three main principles, or "Commandments" of the Prayers and Squares.  The first is, "It's not about the quilt, it's all about the prayers."  The purpose of this ministry is to promote an active prayer life among the participants, not just to make and give away quilts.  The group strives to involve as many people as possible in the process.  Secondly, before a quilt is presented and tied, a request for the quilt must be made by a friend or family member.  After receiving the request, the Presbyterian Quilters consult the person or the family and ask what they would like the group to pray for and information about their situation, which may be shared with others.  Finally, although the non-profit group does not accept any form of payment for their prayer quilt, donations are accepted to help sustain this ministry.  The prayer quilt is a gift of love and prayer, which cannot be bought or sold.


The Presbyterian Quilters of Independence became interested in this mission in the fall of 2003 and in the spring of 2004, joined the Prayers and Squares organization and became Chapter #216.  The first quilt was made for a baby girl who had a serious problem and needed the prayers of the congregation.  Today she is a very active 2-year old.  Since then, many quilts have been given.  They are dedicated in church and tied with prayers after the service, then given to the recipient.




Ruth Liscum

Mary Peterson

Carrie Bates

Marcia Stoneman

Lynda Fiester

Helen Broshar

Mary Paisley

Elizabeth Gray


With the motto: "It's not about the quilt; it's all about the prayers," the Presbyterian Quilters meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month to quilt and pray.