Presbyterian Women at Fourth Church

Presbyterian Women 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 Presbyterian Women 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 Presbyterian Women!

Blue Bow Campaign
Hygiene Kit Collection
"Good News" Fellowship
Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study
Claiming Our Faith Stories: A Women's Retreat

Ongoing Groups of Presbyterian Women
   Benevolent Guild
   Books by Women
   Moms’ Groups
   Knitters and Crocheters
Presbyterian Women Annual Projects and Program
Presbyterian Women Mission Funds
Child Abuse Awareness: Resources and Hotlines

Blue Bow Campaign
Help Us Recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Since 1989, millions of people have joined in displaying and wearing blue bows during the month of April to raise awareness for the observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Presbyterian Women at Fourth Presbyterian Church urges you to make a difference in the lives of our country’s most precious resource.

   Saturday, April 25
   Labyrinth Walk
   Hosted by Sunlight Project
   10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Sunlight Project will host a labyrinth walk on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. to raise awareness and prayers for victims of human trafficking. You will be guided in how to walk the labyrinth for meditation and prayer and provided ways in which to offer additional support. 

   Thursday, April 30
   Blue Bows Removal Workday
   9:00 a.m. into the afternoon on Michigan Avenue

Volunteers are needed to help remove bows from the trees along Michigan Avenue. To sign up to help, contact Anne Ellis at 312.573.3369.

   Thursday, April 30
   Blue Bow/ Sunlight Project Film Screening
   6:30 p.m. in Room 4G in the Gratz Center

Come learn more about how you can be a part of the solution to child abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. A short film will be viewed followed by a panel of experts for questions and answers.

For more on the history of the Blue Bows campaign, click here.

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Hygiene Kit Collection

Each year, Presbyterian Women supports the assembly of hygiene kits are distribution to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Donations are currently being accepted at the Presbyterian Women table at Coffee Hour and at reception during the week through Sunday, May 10.

Coordinators are responsible, along with staff person Anne Ellis, for managing organization of this project and publicity/marketing. Coordinating roles include: Sunday Coffee Hours, shopping, and packing days.

Volunteers are needed for kit assembly and Coffee Hour tables.

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

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"Good News" Fellowship

   Thursday, May 28
   5:30 p.m.
   Page Smith Room

Join other women of the church for a "Good News" hour on Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Page Smith Room. We'll assemble the hygiene kits, share fellowship, and hear about the work of Presbyterian Women. All women are invited! 

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Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study

   Second Wednesday of the month
   12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
   Room 4J in the Gratz Center
   Next gathering: Wednesday, May 13

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 Presbyterian Women, based on the guide from Horizons magazine.

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

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Claiming Our Faith Stories: A Women's Retreat

   Saturday, May 9
   8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Fourth Presbyterian Church

Why do stories matter?
What are your life stories?
What Bible stories inform your personal journey?
How can relating to Bible stories make a difference in your life?

You are invited to join us for “Claiming Our Faith Stories.” This retreat, led by Layton Williams, Ginger Archer, Janice Lewis, Amanda Love, Risa McDonell, and Clare Rothschild, will offer you opportunities to weave a connection between your personal life, others, and the biblical story.

We will gather as a large group and in small groups. Many different modalities will be offered, including storytelling, journaling, discussion groups, a personal labyrinth journey, and much more.

Space is limited to the first 100 people who make a reservation. The fee is $15, which includes a light breakfast. Please register online or reserve your space by contacting Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

 

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Ongoing Groups of Presbyterian Women

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.


Knitters and Crocheters
   Fourth Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
   September through June
   Room 4K 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 working women as well as those who stay at home, allowing participants to produce their wares on their own time.

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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