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. All women in the church are considered to be Presbyterian Women.

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 Bonnie Paladino and Vice Moderator Suzanne Neureiter at [email protected].

What Our "Grandmothers" Can Teach Us: Learning from the Stories of Black Women in Alexandria's History

Saturday, May 21 from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Secret Garden at The Rectory on Princess Street

Join other Westminster women for an in-person mini retreat in the garden at The Rectory in Old Town to hear stories of the African and African-American women, both enslaved and free, who helped shape Alexandria’s history. Discover what we can learn about our community from the lives of women we may not be so familiar with.  We will meet outside in the garden for our program including a speaker from Manumission Tours, lunch, worship, discussion, and fellowship. In case of rain, we’ll move into the Rectory’s Atrium.  Cost is $20. 

Register Here

Synod of the Mid-Atlantic PW Summer Gathering

Friday, June 10 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 AM

The Gathering this year is virtual, and there are three ways to "attend":

  1. Attend our in-person Watch Party with food and fellowship in the Haverkamp room! No need to register to watch in-person at church.
  2. Access the gathering online to watch at your own home (link to register through Synod coming soon).
  3. Do some of both (part at home, part at church). Register through Synod, then come to church to watch some parts with us in-person.

Speakers include the Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel, author of 2022-2023 Bible study "Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God's Gift of Rest and Delight." Come get a preview of our circle Bible study for next year!


Fall Gathering

In case you missed it - watch the recording of this fall's women's gathering with Cody F. Miller, artist for this year’s Bible Study “What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus.” Cody joined us from Ohio to introduce us to his work and how it illustrates the journeys, struggles, and acts of kindness found in the stories of the “grandmothers” of Jesus and ultimately of us ourselves. Visit Cody’s website to learn more about his work and prints.

Watch on YouTube


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 support. 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 2021-2022 Bible study is “What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus." Click below to learn more about our circles!

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 11:00 AM or the evening group at 7:30 PM. Book groups will continue to meet through Zoom! Contact Nancy Hall Berens for details.

2022 Book Group Selections

March 28 | The Color of Air by Gail Tsukiyama (fiction)
April 25 | Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (fiction)
May 23 | The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian (fiction)

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. This group is not currently meeting in-person.