Presbyterian Women (PW) is an independent organization that operates within the PC(USA) as a way for women to live out their faith in a community of care and hope. For many decades, PW has worked to support mission and fight social injustices both at home and abroad.
Here at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, one of the main goals of PW is to help women feel connected to each other and to our larger church. Once a woman joins First Presbyterian, she automatically becomes a member of this supportive, caring group of women. Small study groups, traditionally called Circles, provide a place to make lasting friendships, nurture your spiritual life, enhance your prayer life and take part in outreach projects.
But knowing how busy life can be, we also simply relax and just have fun together.
Pledging to PW: Many people don’t realize that PW is a separate entity from the church and is not funded through the church budget. Each year, we raise our own funds for our projects and set our own budget. Income is derived from pledges of PW Circle Members and contributions of other women of the church. You can make a pledge or contribution to PW here on the website.
As a good steward of your contributions, PW tries to minimize expenses and maximize service and benevolence giving to our partnership with Westerly Hills Academy, local organizations helping women and children break the cycle of poverty, and PW worldwide missions. The remaining funds are used for Presbyterian Women activities, including printing, special events, childcare, Bible books for newborns and other miscellaneous expenses.
Special Events: In addition to an annual women’s retreat, PW comes together for larger events throughout the year where we welcome friends, family, neighbors and members of the community to join in friendship and fellowship. Check the calendar on the This Week page <link> for details about these events:
- Fall Gathering Luncheon
- Advent Communion Service & Luncheon
- Global Mission Program & Luncheon
- Presbyterian Women’s Retreat
- Birthday Dinner
Small Study Groups: Our small groups, called Circles, meet monthly October through May with morning, afternoon and evening meeting options and several choices of study. If you have any questions about PW or want help selecting the right circle, contact New Member Chair Becky Choate.
If you have any questions regarding Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian Church, please contact Moderator Blair Donald or New Member Chair Becky Choate.