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!


National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
   Tying Purple Bows on Michigan Avenue
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


National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and each year Presbyterian Women joins Between Friends in marking this month. See below for some ways you can participate in Between Friends’s October activities.

For more information, contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).   

Light Up the Lakefront Luminaria
Wednesday, October 1
7:00 p.m. at Oak Street Beach
To launch National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Between Friends hosts its Light Up the Lakefront Luminaria on October 1 each year. The Luminaria is a candlelight vigil that serves to raise awareness about the devastating issue of domestic violence and to commemorate the thousands of women and children who lose their lives to domestic violence each and every year.

Tying Purple Bows on Michigan Avenue 
Thursday, October 2
1:00 p.m. at Fourth Church, on Michigan Avenue
Help Fourth Church and Between Friends tie purple bows on the trees along Michigan Avenue outside the cloisters at Fourth Church. These bows stand as a witness to the issue of domestic violence. Contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) if you can help.    

Still I Rise: Artistic Triumphs from Survivors  
of Domestic Violence
Opening Reception 
Thursday, October 16
5:30-7:30 p.m. at Edgewater Library (6000 N. Broadway)  
Between Friends invites you to attend the opening reception of the exhibition “Still I Rise: Artistic Triumphs from Survivors of Domestic Violence.” Expressive therapy performances will include movement and dance, poetry, and more.

Domestic Violence Forty-Hour Training 
Applications due Monday, October 20

Between Friends is hosting a Domestic Violence Forty-Hour Training this fall. This basic training, which is for individuals working directly with those affected by domestic violence, comes directly from the domestic violence movement perspective. It provides participants with the movement’s philosophical and political framework. More information about the training is available here.

Applications are due by Monday, October 20. 

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Ongoing Groups of Presbyterian Women

Benevolent Guild
   Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
   Resuming Wednesday, September 10
   September through December; March through June
   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 (no sewing experience necessary!). You are also encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch and stay for a time of fellowship following the work session.

The group meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and concludes around noon with scripture and mission information followed by a brown-bag sandwich lunch together.

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


Books by Women
   Second Tuesdays from 6:00 to 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.

For more information, contact Liz Nickerson (312.573.3366).


Knitters and Crocheters
   Fourth Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
   September through June (except December)
   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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