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Brooks-Howell Residents and
United Methodist Women Team Up
For General Conference Prayer Ministry

pic of labyrinths

Brooks-Howell Home has a motto of "Called, Served, Serving Still". Residents are proving once again that they are dedicated to a lifetime calling of service. United Methodist Women are creating a prayer ministry for General Conference 2016. A focus of that ministry is finger prayer labyrinths. Hundreds of United Methodist Women across the country are sewing these small laybrinths. The hope is that delegates and guests will use these to be aware of the need for diligent prayer throughout the General Conference session and process.

Residents from Brooks-Howell are collecting these completed prayer labyrinths and processing them in preparion for shipment. The current deadline for sending completed labyrinths is the end of February. Residents record how many are received, who sent them, the local UMW group (if indicated), and the conference represented. Once most of the labyrinths are received, hand-written thank you postcards will be sent to each group.

A team of residents and Western North Carolina UMW volunteers will be attaching a note from United Methodist Women to each labyrinth. They will then be prayed over and packaged for General Conference.


If your local unit would like to participate, please read the information below and use the provided pattern. Thanks!

We are actively seeking UMW members that enjoy quilting to assist us by making the finger labyrinths. Do you have women in your conference, district or local units who would like to help by volunteering to quilt finger prayer labyrinth squares for the delegates and guests? 

We need 2,000 and the variety of labyrinths made by women from all over the country will bless the recipients and lend to the support and outreach we hope to extend.  Attached are instructions and a pattern for the finger labyrinths.   Each labyrinth will be tagged with a card identifying that the labyrinth is “handmade with love and prayer by United Methodist Women”.

Anyone interested in quilting the finger prayer labyrinth squares is asked to email GCprayer@unitedmethodistwomen.org with an estimate of how many they might be able to make. 

Labyrinths are to be shipped by February 29, 2016 to:
Brooks Howell Home
Attn: GC Prayer Ministry
266 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

If there are questions, please email GCprayer@unitedmethodistwomen.org.


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UMW RESOURCES - Be sure to check out the resources page with links to Deaconess and Missionary stories and other materials, including a birthday list of Brooks-Howell residents.

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Owned and governed by United Methodist Women, The United Methodist Church, Brooks-Howell Home is open to retirees and staff of the United Methodist Women (formerly Women's Division), missionaries of the former National and World Divisions (now the General Board of Global Ministries) and others approved for residency. A majority of the residents are missionaries and deaconesses.



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