Together in Service

Join Presbyterian Women in Serving Our Neighbors — Together.

People of all ages seek opportunities to express their faith through service to others. Presbyterian Women groups are a great place to share concerns, discern ways to help, and act together to show God’s love to the world. By partnering with organizations and responding to their needs, Presbyterian women use their creativity, enthusiasm, skill and generosity to give to others in a hands-on way.

To be Together in Service, some PW groups offer ongoing support to local church or community projects. Other groups commit to answering short-term needs in their communities. Still other groups provide goods, labor or financial support for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission work or one of Presbyterian Women’s affiliates.

What is God calling your PW group to do?

  • Look around your community and prayerfully consider its needs.
  • Ask mission partners how you can work together and choose projects that best match your group’s interests and strengths.
  • Determine if your PW group is ready to commit to ongoing support or if they prefer responding to short-term needs.
  • Spread the word so that others may join you, Together in Service!

Ideas for Doers

  • Provide a cleaning day for kitchens or bathrooms at a women’s crisis center.
  • Plan a gardening day to spruce up the entry area and grounds of a local ministry.
  • Send cards or bring treats for those celebrating a birthday in a shelter.
  • Form a group that reads and tutors at a local school.
  • Lead a monthly Bible study or sing-along at a senior residence.

Ideas for Makers

  • Tie fleece blankets for new chemo patients.
  • Sew walker bags or lap blankets for assisted living residents.
  • Knit prayer shawls for people who are seriously ill.
  • Crochet mats from plastic bags for people sleeping outdoors. Download instructions here.
  • Create fidget aprons, lap mats or twiddle muffs for people with dementia. Download instructions here.
  • Sew finger puppets and small pillows for children in hospitals and shelters.
  • Make dolls or stuffed animals given through foster homes, police or fire departments.

Ideas for Gatherers

  • Paper or cleaning products for shelter residents starting their own homes.
  • Menstrual hygiene products for people who need period supplies.
  • Health kits for ministries to homeless individuals and families. Download instructions here.
  • Books, games, stuffed animals for children in crisis centers.
  • Christmas stockings for shelters, prisons and children’s hospitals.
  • Basket of hand-made and purchased baby items for new parents.
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Gift of the Heart Kits. Click here for instructions.

Other Opportunities

PW programs:
      • PW’s Annual Mission Fund (Mission Pledge)
      • Birthday Offering and Thank Offering
      • Global Exchange
      • U.S.A. Mission Experience

PC(USA) programs:
      • Presbyterian Hunger Program
      • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
      • Ministries of Presbyterian mission co-workers
      • Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Ecumenical programs:
      • Fellowship of the Least Coin
      • Heifer Project International
      • Habitat for Humanity
      • Bread for the World
      • IMA World Health
      • Church World Service

 

To ask a question or learn more about Together in Service, contact Cheri Harper.

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