Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women (PW) is an independent organization within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of more than 300,000 women. It offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women. Presbyterian Women was created in 1988 with the reunited Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Presbyterian Women has a structure similar to that of PCUSA, in that there are groups called Circles at the Congregation level and Coordinating Teams at the Presbytery, Synod and Church-wide levels.

PW Purpose
Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, to support the mission of the church worldwide, to work for justice and peace, and to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

Birthday Offering of Presbyterian Women
The Birthday Offering is a PW offering received in the spring of each year to celebrate the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian Women. The offering funds up to five projects that are not included in ongoing General Assembly mission support, such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns.

For additional information and to download the application form, click here

Thank Offering
The Thank Offering is a PW offering collected in the fall of each year that gives women a tangible way to express their gratitude for the special blessings in their lives. The offering funds projects such as agricultural development, child care, community organization, criminal justice, drug counseling, economic justice, elderly care, employment training, homelessness, literacy, violence and women’s concerns. At least 40% of this offering supports health ministries throughout the world. The remaining 60% funds new creative ideas for mission.

For additional information and to download the application form, click here

UPCOMING EVENTS

Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Albany Fall Virtual Gathering 2020 – Tuesday, October 13, 2020 10:00 am -11:30 am via Zoom Click here for details

Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast 2020 Triennial Fall Leadership Virtual Gathering, Friday October 30-Saturday October 31, 2020 via Zoom. *Rev. MJ Pattison, former Parish Associate at Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland will be installed as the Clergy Women on the PWSNE Coordinating Team in the afternoon of Friday Oct. 30 Click here for details.

2021 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women – The theme for the Gathering is “Rejoice in Hope” based on Romans 12:12–13, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.” August 5-8, 2021 in St. Louis,Missouri. Click here for details and watch the trailer video below

 

SISTERS STAND AND WALK TOGETHER (SSWT)

This class can be up to a three-year program of Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast. It was originally designed to acclimate and motivate new immigrant women from congregations within the Synod to Presbyterian Women. They met three times a year. We hope to attract ALL women who are new to Presbyterian Women who want to start or enhance an existing PW group by learning skills to prepare for leadership roles. There is no financial cost to the participant.

The goals of the program are to build community and confidence, help women feel comfortable with public speaking and commit to the purpose of Presbyterian Women. The next class begins Sat., April 6, 2019, from 9:30 – 3:00 pm. More classes will be scheduled at everyone’s mutual need and availability. Click here for more details.