Presbyterian Women (PW) is a denomination-wide organization whose membership is open to all women. PW gives strong support to the mission of the PC(USA) and nurtures women’s leadership and friendships.

PW is committed to:

  • Nurturing faith through prayer and Bible study
  • Supporting the mission of the church at home and worldwide
  • Working for justice and peace
  • Building an inclusive, caring community of women

For more information about Presbyterian Women at Westminster, contact Moderator Bea Hurt and Vice Moderator Janet Harris at [email protected].

Connecting with Women at Westminster

Deepen your faith in small group settings, connect in fellowship with other women at Westminster, and reach out to those in need in our community and world.

Women’s Circles

Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, Ruth. Who are these women and what do they have in common? They are all important women in the Bible and they also happen to represent the names of each of our six Women’s Circles. Over 100 women are involved with a circle here at Westminster. We meet monthly for Bible study, fellowship, and mission outreach. Each year, the Bible study program offers us insight into the meaning of scripture as well as opportunities for discussion of what it means in our daily lives. In addition, each circle takes time to share joys and concerns, casual fellowship conversation, and to reach out to those in need through cards, prayers and offerings.

Birthday Offering

We are collecting the annual Presbyterian Women’s “Birthday Offering” in Circles this spring. The offering will support three projects this year: Navajo Water Project in New Mexico, Family Justice Center in South Carolina, and First Hand Aid in Cuba. Deadline to contribute is June 1.

Fall & Spring Gatherings

A fall and spring Gathering is hosted for all women of the church with special speakers on a range of interesting topics.

Women’s Spring Gathering
Food for Thought: Understanding Childhood Hunger in Alexandria

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 PM in the Haverkamp Room

Join us for a panel discussion on childhood hunger in Alexandria. Representatives from local schools and programs will discuss how hunger affects student performance in school and what can be done to alleviate hunger right here in our own city. Guest speakers from Alexandria City Public Schools, Blessings in a Backpack, and the Child & Family Network Centers.

Bring a Donation!

We’ll be collecting donations for Blessings in a Backpack. We ask that you bring a single-serve food item such as breakfast and granola bars, single-serve cereal and oatmeal bowls, canned meats, beans, or vegetables (with a pop-top, please) raisins, or applesauce. For a full list of accepted items, click on the button below.

Accepted Food Items

Annual Women’s Retreat

Every year, Westminster women take time to grow in faith, to sing, pray, and worship, and to connect with one another in Christian fellowship on a two-night March retreat at the Hallowood Retreat Center in Comus, MD. In 2017, we explored “Retweeting with Ruth” led by the Rev. Maggie Hayward.

Pillow Ministry

This group works once a month to sew stuffed animals for children and heart pillows for surgery patients at Alexandria INOVA Hospital. These items bring joy to children at the hospital and help facilitate the recovery process for cardiac patients. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 AM in Haverkamp Room.

Shanghai Card Group

The Shanghai Card Group is a fun way to enjoy fellowship with other Westminster women! Learn and play this card game on the third Monday of every month at 7:15 PM in Haverkamp Room.

Book Groups

The Book Groups, led by Clara Beth Van de Water, meet on the fourth Monday of the month. Come to either the morning group at 11 AM or the evening group at 7:30 PM. For Monday, May 22, read Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman. The founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team tells stories of recovering priceless art and antiquities.

Connecting with Women in our Presbytery

Spring Gathering of PW of National Capital Presbytery
Saturday, April 29, 8:45 AM–12 PM
Christ Presbyterian Church in Fairfax (near Fair Oaks Mall)
A gathering of fellowship, worship, mission, and (some!) business. Light continental Breakfast and fellowship; Annual Business Meeting and presentation of New Slate of Officers; Mission Possible! How Can We Join the Journey to Justice?; Worship with Communion and Voices of Praise!
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Summer Gathering of PW of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic
June 15-18
Massanetta Springs in Harrisonburg, VA
Spend one, two or three days in workshops and worship in thIS beautiful setting. Workshop topics range from Bible study to racism, human trafficking, intergenerational dialogue, and children in crisis, to yoga, quilting, and so much more! This is a wonderful time to refresh, grow in faith, connect with other women, and to get a sneak peek at the new Bible Study for next year. Scholarship assistance is available to help you attend. FYI – One of our members is looking for a roommate. Contact Nancy Hall Berens to find out more!
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