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!

Hygiene Kit Drive
Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups
Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth
   Benevolent Guild
   Books by Women
   Moms’ Groups
   Knitting and Crocheting
Women at Fourth Annual Projects and Program
Women at Fourth Mission Funds
Child Abuse Awareness: Resources and Hotlines

Hygiene Kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Women at Fourth is collecting materials and funds for hygiene kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Church World Services. There will be collection tables during Coffee Hour through Sunday, May 1, and donations can also be left at the church reception desk during this time.

At a date and time to be determined there will also be a hygiene kit assembly party.

Each kit is estimated to cost about $10 to put together, plus another $2 for shipping and handling fees for distribution with Church World Services. Each hygiene kit contains the following: 

1 hand towel (approximately 16" x 28"; no fingertip or bath towels)  
1 washcloth  
1 wide-tooth comb (remove from package)  
1 nail clipper (no metal files or emery boards; remove from package)
1 bar of soap (bath size in wrapper)  
1 toothbrush (in original packaging)  
6 Band-Aids® or other adhesive bandage strips
While the final kits do contain toothpaste, toothpaste that has an extended expiration date is added to hygiene kits just prior to shipment, so please do not include toothpaste in your donation.

Please give what you can. Women at Fourth will purchase any missing supplies at the end of the drive, prior to the assembly party.

We are also in need of one-gallon plastic bags with zipper closures in which to package the kits. 

For more information about the hygiene kit drive, click here.

If you are interested in helping assemble the kits or have other questions, please contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369. 

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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.
   Room 4H 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.

On Wednesday, January 13, the group began a new study called Come to the Waters. Participants examine the role of water in the book of Genesis and the book of Revelation.

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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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.

Moms’ Groups
If you’re expecting or have a child age 0–4 or 5–12, you’re invited to join a Fourth Church Moms’ Group. Joining a Moms’ Group is a great way to make new friends and explore how faith can be a strong resource during these exciting and challenging times.

Details and a meeting schedule 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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