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.

Blessings in a Backpack Food Items List

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

Advent Gathering: “O Come, Emmanuel – Advent with our Glory to God Hymnal”

Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 PM
Molly Roden and Interim Director of Music Ben Hutchens will lead us in learning more about this new hymnal for our denomination. We’ll enjoy singing familiar hymns of the season, and explore some “new songs to the Lord” included in this wonderful worship resource.

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.

October: Read the classic “Big House” novel “The Rising Tide” by Molly Keane (first written under the pseudonym J.M. Farrell). It is a “comedy of manners” about an Anglo-Irish family, their Gothic country house, and their way of life and social relationships in the early 20th century. This month, the morning group will meet on Monday, October 23 at 11:00 AM; the evening group will meet on Monday, October 30 at 7:30 PM.

November: Read The All of It, a lovely novella by Jeannette Haien. It is a quiet tale of a stunning confession to an Irish priest and his response, a story of love and morality. Discussions on Monday, November 27.

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.

2018 Women’s Retreat

March 16-18, 2018
“Enjoying the Journey” with the Rev. Lucy Dergarabedian