Women's Fellowship

Praying in Color, Day of Prayer, breakfast, walks

Praying in Color This Lenten Season

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said that during Lent, “We sweep and clean the room of our minds and hearts, so that the new life really may have room to come in and take over and transform us at Easter.”

This Lenten season, let Praying in Color be one way you sweep and clean your mind and heart. “The intersection of prayer and doodling”, Praying in Color is a “meditative yet playful way to pray”.  

Led by Elizabeth Sides and Laura Watson, Praying in Color will be offered as a six-week series with four in-person sessions from 11:30 am-12:30 pm on February 16, March 2, March 16, and March 30 in the Parlor. 

All materials will be provided; however, if you have a favorite set of markers, colored pencils, or crayons, you’re welcome to bring them. 

Ready to sign up? Click here

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Sides (eagsides@gmail.com). 

 

Day of Prayer service: Wednesday, February 22, 11:00 a.m.

Women’s Fellowship is hosting our Day of Prayer on Ash Wednesday (February 22, 2023) at 11am in the sanctuary. Our guest speaker will be the Rev. Sandra Thigpen with special music by Jonathan Williams and Alex Helsabeck. A reception will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to this meaningful service and we hope to see you there!

 

Save the Date for Breakfast!

Who: all women of Home Church

When: Sunday, March 12, 8:30 am

Where: Church Parlor

Why: to enjoy food and fellowship with one another

Ready to RSVP? Click here

 

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2023 Walk Series

March 18: Salem Lake

April 15: Yadkin River Nature Trail at Tanglewood

May 13: Hanes Park

June 10: Reynolda Gardens

We’ll meet at 8:30 am, walk a few miles, then enjoy some coffee afterward. 

If you’re ready to sign up, click here. If you have questions, please email or call Laura Watson (sidesofla@aol.com).

 

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2022: A Reflection

What would a great Women’s Fellowship look like? We were asked this question in 2020 as the task force began their work to reimagine Women’s Fellowship. 

The most common answers were:

  • Women able to put their gifts to use

  • More focus on relationships

  • Service

  • Encouragement and acceptance

As I think about last year, I see women coming together in the Fellowship Hall kitchen to make soup for those both within and beyond our congregation who need a meal. Just one example of many of gifts being put to use. 

I also think about my own experience walking with other women on Saturdays throughout 2022. On each walk I’ve spent time with people who I’ve worshiped with for years, but who I don’t really know. I’ve heard stories of high school reunions, travel abroad, wedding days, and summer gardens. It has been a joy to form and deepen relationships, and to be encouraged and accepted as we’ve walked together. 

Finally, when I reflect on last year, I see service. Whether through a coat collection, Candle Tea, the Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer service, or money spent to purchase a surplice, women of Home Church serve with their time, talent, and treasure in so many ways. 

As 2023 begins, it is exciting to think about where God will call us over the year ahead and how we will answer. One way we can respond is through financially supporting Women’s Fellowship. Money given will go to community events, service projects, agencies such as the Provincial Women’s Board, interest groups, ministries that foster relationships such as the Women’s Retreat, and much more. 

With your help, Women’s Fellowship can live fully into our mission to deepen our relationship with God and one another through Christian fellowship and service to all. To make a gift, simply download and complete the donation form and send it with your check to Katherine Vogler, Treasurer at 839 Glen Echo Trail, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. 

-Thank you for supporting Women’s Fellowship! 



Women’s Fellowship Leadership Team Update

The Women’s Fellowship Leadership Team (WFLT) met on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 7 pm.

Jean Craddock and Kae Roberts joined us to talk about Candle Tea:

  • All present were excited to hold our first in-person CT in years; of note are the strengthened relationships between vendors, Old Salem, and the Tea.  

  • CT leadership is focused on a structure that encourages participation and makes volunteering easier and less time-restrictive.

  • The Candle Tea committee and the WFLT will continue to meet/discuss future leadership for Candle Tea.

After Jean and Kae left, the WFLT discussed:

  • Current gifts/pledges to Women’s Fellowship: $3,870 received of a $7,000 budget. We agreed there needs to be additional encouragement of support for Women’s Fellowship.

  • Plans for Day of Prayer on February 22, 2023 

  • A Spring walk series: dates/locations tbd

  • A Spring breakfast in March: date tbd

-The next WFLT meeting will be later in Q1. 


 

The mission of Women's Fellowship is to deepen relationships with God and one another through Christian fellowship and service to all. The Fellowship is open to all women over the age of 18. 

 Women's Fellowship fulfills its mission through four areas: interest groups, community events, service projects, and Circles. To learn more about each area, you can read the Fellowship's Guiding Principles. If you have an idea for an interest group, community event, or service project, and are not sure where to begin, be sure to read this document that explains how to get started turning your idea into reality. 

Getting together for the first time with your circle? Click here for more information on how to get started.

Have an idea for a Women’s Fellowship Interest Group, Service Project or Community Event? Click here for more information on what to do!

 

In January 2021, a Women’s Fellowship Task Force completed a year-long process that resulted in some changes in the Women’s Fellowship’s governance, organization and operations. Watch a video and download a document of the Task Force report.

The group’s major annual undertaking is the Candle Tea held early in the Advent season – guided tours of the historic Single Brothers’ House with music, candle-making, coffee and Moravian sugar cake, a visit to the putz – a hand-crafted miniature model of Old Salem and a Nativity scene – and the Christmas story. Proceeds of the event go to benevolent causes.

The Women's Fellowship also holds a fall retreat each September at Laurel Ridge. It's a time of learning, fellowship, rejuvenation and fun, open to all Home Church women and their guests.  

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