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Prayers and Squares

Prayers and 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 different denominations across the U.S.A., and in Australia, the Marshall Island, and Canada. St. Peter’s was the first chapter in Canada.

The purpose of Prayers and Squares Ministry is to promote prayer through the use of quilts. 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 in special need – someone who has asked us to pray for them. The quilt is then given to that person. What makes each quilt so special is not the pattern, colour or workmanship, but the fact that prayer is symbolically tied into each one. These comforters are a statement of faith, and a testimony to our belief in God and in the power of prayer.

On a Sunday morning, the gathered community is given an opportunity to offer their individual and collective prayers (complete with knot tying) and then these lovingly made quilts are blessed during the worship service.

For more information on the prayer quilt ministry please see the web page at

The group at St. Peter’s meets regularly on Mondays. New quilters are always welcome.