A Prayer to Wear offers artistic way to share scripture

Ellen Carlins of Pittsburgh was looking for a creative way to help others increase and share their faith. She had an idea to combine active scripture reflection with activities in a group setting around crafting and jewelry making.

From that inspiration more than 10 years ago, A Prayer to Wear was born. Ellen began offering mini crafting retreats to prayer groups, enabling participants to share with each other the work that God has done in their lives while doing something fun and creative in a casual environment. 

The concept caught on and since then Ellen has worked with hundreds of mostly women who have gathered for these mini retreats, which are open to all skill levels from beginner crafter to expert artisan.

“It has been amazing to watch how beading and jewelry making is relevant and helpful for every age group and circumstance,” Ellen says. “I think it’s because people never stop searching, no matter what stage of life. Encouraging faith sharing, community building and bonding among small groups gives me great joy.”  

Prior to the pandemic, Ellen was a regular presenter at Kearns Spirituality Center in the North Hills. Currently, she travels to the location of the requested prayer group throughout Allegheny and Beaver counties. “I provide a reflectively inspirational message coupled with all the materials necessary for a fun, hands-on activity. Everyone leaves with a lasting keepsake of their experience.”

Ellen also hosts crafting sessions for bridal and baby showers, and does custom sewing, embroidery and crafting upon request, including altar linens, and custom deacon, priest and clergy stoles.

To learn more, call (412) 576-9715, email ecarlins@prayertowear.com or visit prayertowear.com.

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