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Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women (PW) is a denomination-wide ministry for all women in the church. PW supports the mission of the PC(USA) and nurtures women’s faith, friendship, and fellowship.

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 Alison Griffin and Vice Moderator Kera Winburn at [email protected].

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Finding Beauty: Reconnecting with Our Inner Strength
Women’s Fall Gathering

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom

In the midst of difficult and contentious times, we all need to take a moment to breathe in God’s presence and exhale that which may be troubling us, and to reconnect with how and where we find beauty in our lives. Westminster member Kay Sidahmed and Director of Women’s Ministry Nancy Hall Berens will lead us in an evening of mindful breathing and quiet meditation. Our evening together will include centering breaths, prayer, scripture, and a visual meditation with chants and slides of ancient abbey ruins from the Scottish Borders. After our time of meditation, we will share our own experiences with finding beauty in a time of group discussion. The Zoom link will be available here.

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Women’s Circles

Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, Ruth, Lydia. 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 seven 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.

Our 2020-2021 Bible study is “Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament,” where we will examine Biblical lament throughout both the Old and the New Testaments, as well as lift up modern examples of lament. Click below to learn more about how learning to lament can lead us to hope.

Learn More about Circles

Book Groups

The Book Groups typically 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. Book groups will continue to meet through Zoom! Contact Nancy Hall Berens for details.

Fall 2020 Selections
September 28: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
October 26: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
November 23: Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor

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. This group is currently not meeting in-person right now.