Presbyterian Women’s Association

Presbyterian Women’s Association

Presbyterian Women (PW) is the national women’s organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). With more than 300,000 members and 25 years as an organization, PW is organized at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Women’s Association of West Side Presbyterian Church holds meetings, workdays, and several social events throughout the year.

The purpose of the Women’s Association is 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 (USA) and to witness to the promise of God’s kingdom.


Women meet in groups, called Circles, each month. Circles are open for any woman to participate in, and each Circle studies a different book of the Bible or a different theme every year.

  • Lydia Circle:
    • Meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month from March to December at the church
  • Martha Circle:
    • Meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month from March to December at the church

General Information

Mission is our primary focus, and our projects include:

  • Putting together “ditty bags”: These cloth bags are filled with hygiene items, including a towel, soap, toothbrush, etc. The completed bags are given to the Salvation Army, the Lawrence Community Shelter, and Willow Domestic Violence Center.
  • Making layettes for new babies to be distributed by the nurses at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The layettes include onesies, socks, handmade quilts, and knitted or crocheted afghan blankets. One member of the group even knits small stuffed animals for the babies.
  • Gathering for two sewing days throughout the year (generally one in the spring and one in the fall) to accomplish the first two bullet points above.
  • Contributing to the Birthday Offering and the Thank Offering, both which help with special mission projects. We also contribute to the Least Coin Offering and to Oral Rehydration (a program of UNICEF), and we encourage everyone to put aside two cents a meal for the Presbyterian Hunger projects.
  • Hosting our annual summer salad and Holiday Advent Tea. We invite all women of the church and their friends to attend these and enjoy the time to visit and relax.
  • Holding an Annual Meeting with refreshment, devotions, and a guest speaker. In 2013, our speaker was Rev. Danelle McKinney, a Presbyterian Minister and student rights specialist at Haskell Indian Nations University.

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