Women’s Activities at Warrenton Presbyterian Church
The women of the church participate in many activities each month. They regularly serve as ushers, greeters, communion servers, liturgists, worship leaders, and as members of committees of the church. Many of the women are ordained elders and deacons.
- The Crafty Ladies group maintains the kitchen and prepares meals for special occasions. New volunteers for this group are always welcome.
- The Prayer Shawl ministry makes shawls that are given to those in need of comfort during difficult times for themselves and their families. A meeting is held on the second Wednesday of each month but most of the shawls are made at home.
- The women’s bible study group meets on Monday nights for 9 consecutive weeks during the fall and again in the spring. The topic of study for Fall 2016 will be “Conversations about Heaven”.
- The women of the church provide a meal for the doctors and nurses of the Free Clinic on the 4th Thursday of each month.
- Volunteer opportunities include memorial garden guild, vegetable garden workforce, Sunday School teacher, office helper, janitorial helper, choir member, church repairs, committee member, and many more.
The Crafty Ladies
In September 1996, approximately 20 women of the church met weekly to create special symbols for the church’s first Chrismon tree. When they were done, they were more than 100 ornaments! On December 1, 1996, the Chrismon tree was dedicated and became a meaningful part of our Christmas worship services. The beautiful tree continues to enhance the joy-filled and festive celebration every Christmas.
After completing the project, the women realized how much they enjoyed being together during this time, and they did not want to see it come to en end. So, with the blessing of the Session, the Crafty Ladies was born.
The Crafty Ladies continue to play a vital part in the life of the church. Bazaars and sales of their goods support the upkeep of the church kitchen.
At the Fall Gathering 2006 of Presbyterian Women of the Shenandoah Presbytery, several leaders from other churches discussed their very successful prayer shawl ministries and encouraged the women of our church to begin one. This was the inspiration for a Prayer Shawl Ministry at our Warrenton.
What is a Prayer Shawl?
A Prayer Shawl is a gift given to those who are in need of comfort. It is a reminder of God’s love and care for them.
Members knit or crochet shawls from suggested patterns for those recommended by the pastors and church office. Suggestions are also taken from members for those in need.
The meetings begin in prayer. While knitting and crocheting, the women pray for the person for whom the shawl is being made. Prayers are requested for healing, hope, strength, peace, or anything else they are inspired to pray for.
Beginners are welcome! Support for knitting questions and lessons for beginners are always offered.
The group meets at the church in the Women’s Lounge, the second Wednesday of most months from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. If you can’t join the group but would still like to participate, many of our friends work independently at home and bring completed shawls to church for later distribution.
If you’d like to be a part of this great ministry and fellowship, please contact Kay May at (540) 347-1451 for more information.