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].

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.

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.

Learn More about Women’s Circles

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.

September 25: Read From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon, a historical novel of faith and love between a Catholic priest and his Jewish childhood girlfriend, whom he hides in a convent during WWII.

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.

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. Our 2018 retreat will be March 16-18 and led by the Rev. Lucy Dergarabedian.