Women at Fourth

Women at Fourth is a community of women at Fourth Presbyterian Church who care for and nurture each other, deepening relationships with one another and with God through ongoing programming and special events. This fellowship group offers opportunities for women to connect through participation in service projects, faith-building gatherings, and more!

To learn more about how you can become involved in Women at Fourth or to sign up for the monthly email newsletter, contact staff liaison Anne Ellis (312.573.3369). All women at Fourth Church are invited to join Women at Fourth!

Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups
Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings
National Domenstic Violence Awareness Month
Introduction to Systemic Racism
Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth
   Benevolent Guild
   Books by Women
   Knitting and Crocheting
Women at Fourth Annual Projects and Program
Child Abuse Awareness: Resources and Hotlines


Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups

   Horizons: A Monthly Women's Bible Study
   Second Wednesday of the month through September
   12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
   In the Gratz Center

Interested in taking part in a Bible study that has been field tested by women's groups all over the country? Join us for a monthly women's Bible study, offered through Women at Fourth, based on the guide from Horizons magazine. The next session will be held on Wednesday, August 10 in Room 5H. 

Contact Anne Ellis for more information and to sign up (which is required, as space is limited).


   Weekly Seeds at Fourth: A Weekly Women's Bible Study
   Every Sunday
   9:30 a.m.
   Room 5H in the Gratz Center

All women are invited to a weekly women's Bible study on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at Fourth Church. Weekly Seeds at Fourth will be using a United Church of Christ lectionary-based curriculum. In a discussion-based format, participants will review the focus Bible passage, examine the attached reflection, and share thoughts about the in-depth questions that are provided. 

To receive weekly email updates for Weekly Seeds, sign up at this web address.

Weekly Seeds at Fourth is moderated by Anne Stelle, a Fourth Church member with an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. She has served as a Trustee, Elder, and Deacon at Fourth Church and is currently serving as a chaplain at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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Women at Fourth Monthly Gatherings

Check back here in the coming weeks for details about the next Women at Fourth monthly gathering!

For more information, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).  

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Introduction to Systemic Racism 

   Saturday, October 1 
   9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Friendship Presbyterian Church
      (6988 N. Northwest Hwy, near the Norwood Park Metra) 

This Presbytery of Chicago workshop led by Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (Chicago ROAR) will help participants understand that racism is a systemic, institutional problem of power and create the rationale for a structural intervention to dismantle it. To address the racism present in our neighborhoods, congregations, and world, we must first learn how it was born, nurtured, and grew into the manifestations we see today.

A $25 per-person registration fee is required and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All are invited to register online here by Monday, September 26.

For more information, click here

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National Domestic Violence
Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and each year Women at Fourth joins Between Friends in marking this month.

On Friday, September 30, help these two groups tie purple bows on the trees along Michigan Avenue outside the cloisters at Fourth Church. These bows stand as witness to the issue of domestic violence. 

Contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) if you can help.  

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Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth

Benevolent Guild
   Wednesdays at 9:30–11:30 a.m.
   Room 5B in the Gratz Center

Do you have some time to share on Wednesday mornings? The Benevolent Guild invites you to join them in the fun of creating handmade stuffed animals for children in hospitals and shelters and taggies for infants in the NICU at Lurie Children’s Hospital (no sewing experience necessary!).

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).


Books by Women
   Second Tuesdays from 6:00–7:15 p.m.
   September through June
   Bumpus Room in the Gratz Center

Details and a reading list are available here.


Knitting and Crocheting
   Fourth Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
   September through June
   Room 4J in the Gratz Center

Join this active group of women who knit and crochet items for those in need (items such as hats and scarves for adults and children, children’s pajamas and clothes, baby booties and crib caps, lap robes, and more). The group is designed to accommodate individuals’ own schedules, allowing participants to drop in for as much or as little of each gathering as they’d like.

The group meets at Fourth Church for a time of fellowship, to drop off items they have completed, and to pick up yarn and material for new projects. Items are then donated to children and families in shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes.

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

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