Women and women’s groups have had over a 200 year history within the Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian Women (PW) is an independent organization within the PC (USA) which offers all women the opportunity to practice their faith in the midst of a caring community of like-minded women.
- To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study
- To support the mission of the church worldwide and work for justice and peace
- To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
- To witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.
Membership – All women who wish to participate
How can you be a part of Presbyterian Women at JIPC?
Women have traditionally held many roles and they have been the worker bees within the Church. We recognize that women today have many obligations, however JIPC offers numerous opportunities throughout the year to nurture and grow your faith as a Presbyterian Woman.
- Spring Birthday Dinner and Birthday Offering
- Thank Offering
- Spring Event for PW
- JOY Event
- Meal Teams for special occasions in our members’ lives
- Retreats and Events
- Mission Outreach Habitat for Humanity, Crisis ministries, Women’s Bible Studies
In addition women of the church may choose to join a circle of Women in which the benefits are many:
- Fellowship with other women of the church
- A network of care and support for each other
- Thought provoking Bible study each year with other women of the church
- Participation in community projects
When I started going to JIPC over thirty years ago, I was new to the area and didn’t know anyone. I was invited to one of the circle groups. Even though most of the ladies were older than me, I was accepted and treated as an equal. Over the years, we have prayed for and encouraged each other. We have cried and laughed together. We are more than just a Bible study group. We are family.
I believe our church circles are the closest thing we have in the Presbyterian church for women to form friendships with other like-minded women. Every meeting is a blessing to me, I don’t feel that kinship anywhere else in the church. I am blessed by my choir family but my circle friends in the choir are the closest to me. Women need other women and the circle is the place, within the church, that I find that sisterhood.
“Being in a circle is a sisterhood of loving support. We grow together in Christ and learn from each other. Even if there is a season when we cannot participate due to family obligations, those friends welcome us back with loving arms and hold us close in the meantime.”
Look forward getting together with other JIPC sisters for fellowship, great food & Bible study each month.
When I started attending circle group I was a new member of JIPC. I had participated in some volunteer opportunities and a mission trip as well as starting Wed. night women’s bible study. The more you get involved, the more you get to know your church family and establish binding relationships that only God can bring together. I would encourage new and existing members to consider becoming part of one of these circles to grow in faith and fellowship.
What my circle means to me?
Growing in knowledge about the Bible and our religion. Making closer friends than you can just on Sundays Learning more about the history of James Island Presbyterian Church, other religions the women have grown up in and churches in other parts of the country.
Circle meetings give me an opportunity to be with Christian friends in a monthly Bible study, sharing our lives and concerns with one another.
“We can do no great things-only small things with great love.”
Moderator Cheryl Tracey
Treasurer Helen Sanders
Secretary Kathy Harms
Thursday Circle 10:00 am
Elsie Clees – First Thursday
Tuesday Circle 10:30 am
Sandy Scruggs – Second Tuesday
First Thursday and Second Tuesday Circles are comprised of women who have retired from professional jobs and are now enjoying the joys of grown children and grandchildren. This year the group is studying Before His Throne, a nine-week in-depth Bible study which explores the book of Malachi to discover what fearing the Lord really means. This series by Kathy Howard will challenge you to examine your heart and move toward a deeper relationship with God.
These two circles utilize our JIPC café on their given date and time. Both groups serve light refreshments during their time together
1st Monday Circle 6:30 pm
First Monday is studying Living above Worry and Stress by Thelma Wells.
This study provides a number of guides to deal with daily issues that women wrestle with everyday: God’s Will, Living in Christ, Prayer, and Worry. This book provides an insightful means to handle God’s word. We can have God’s perfect peace and calm, even in the worst of circumstances. This study helps in the “how” of calmly handling those difficult experiences of life that we all go through.
3rd Monday LIFE Circle 6:00 pm
Third Monday has chosen What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst. Total obedience to Christ can transform an ordinary life into a remarkable journey. This is the hope found in the message in this book. Lysa shares inspiring stories from her own life, along with compelling biblical insights, as she describes what it means to partner with God in all decisions and actions. This book reveals how honoring God produces a life of deep joy and great purpose. Invite God into your life and boldly ask for and expect more from your Christian life.
Sisterhood Circle Fourth Monday 7:00 pm
This group consists of women in their 30’s and 40’s, a mix of single and married women with and without children. They share a meal and meet in their homes. They have chosen a series of DVD and study guides by Lysa TerKeurst Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. This author focuses on what comes out in our speech. Sharing from her own experience, Lysa observe how many women hold their feelings inside, until circumstances reach a crisis exploding, speaking in anger and saying words that are regretted later. In a way, we become unglued and lose control of our emotions. This series provides hope for women who desire healing for their emotions. Lysa brings insight to help women resolve conflict in healthy ways and improve communication with those whom you’re in close relationship.
Women’s Bible Study Mondays 10:30 am
The Ladies’ Bible study group gathers to discuss the passage on which the following Sunday’s sermon will focus. Anyone who would like to get more out of worship and a greater understanding of the Word is welcome to attend the Bible study. Ladies’ Bible Study meets at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays in the church café. Childcare is provided.
Wednesday Night Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Bible Study is studying Children of the Day. Our Women’s Study will learn about how God uses our circumstances to shape our lives as we look at the books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians using this video study by Beth Moore. Class will meet weekly from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and homework is a part of the study.