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 Janet Harris and Vice Moderator Alison Griffin at [email protected].
Donate to Blessings in a Backpack!
In October 2017, the Presbyterian Women’s circles hosted Fellowship Hour in recognition of World Food Day. This year’s highlighted childhood hunger here in Alexandria, specifically the ALIVE! and Blessings in a Backpack programs which provide food for students to take home to have enough to eat over the weekend. The food served at Fellowship Hour was an example of food items which are used for these programs. If you would like to contribute, drop off donations of single-serve items in the ALIVE! food baskets in the lobby or in Fellowship Hall. The list of accepted food items is below.
Connecting with Women at Westminster
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.
Circles start up again in September 2017. Our Bible study “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” will help us explore not only the Biblical community in the Letter to the Hebrews, but also our own communities – of faith, of family, and of friends.
PW Prayer Breakfast with the National Capital Presbytery
“Listening … Responding to Justice Concerns for Women”
Saturday, January 27 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Christ Presbyterian Church in Fairfax (near Fair Oaks Mall)
Invite a friend to accompany you for a morning of concentrated prayer and reflection on women’s justice issues: food & nutrition, human trafficking, abuse & violence. Hear personal stories and have prayer time for women suffering in similar situations. The keynote speaker is Therese Taylor-Stinson, a spiritual director and author and former Moderator of the National Capital Presbytery. Worship will be led by the Rev. Lucy Dergarabedian, and will include a Remembrance Ceremony for sisters who passed into Life Eternal during 2017. Offering divided between 3 food banks in VA, DC, MD. All are welcome to learn and pray with us!
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. The January 2018 selection is Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, a coming of age novel where unusual friendship leads to love, grief, compassion, and renewal. Discussions on Monday, January 22.
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.
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.
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.
2018 Women’s Retreat
March 16-18, 2018
“Enjoying the Journey” with the Rev. Lucy Dergarabedian
This year’s retreat will focus on the power of resurrection through the challenges we face in our daily lives. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, where she was a student of Ben and Carol Weir, Lucy is an ordained Presbyterian minister. She served in the U.S. Army as a chaplain, worked with the Wounded Warrior Project at Ft. Belvoir, and is now enjoying a new challenge of learning sign language!