What some local churches are doing

At Maupin Ave. in Salisbury, the ladies:

  • are active with the “Rowan Helping Ministries” which helps needy families in the community.  The Maupin Ave. ladies keep a box out for donated items to be taken to this group.
  • “Pennies for Rowan Helping Ministries” – The youth have placed banks in the church to collect change to be given to this group.
  • The Youth Services group of ladies
    • Take children out for activities after the children’s sermon
    • Provide a light meal after youth meetings twice monthly on Sunday afternoons

At Lakeside Fellowship in Mooresville, the ladies:

  • Sponsor a Pastor Appreciation Meal on the last Wednesday in October.  The ladies also give a donation to their pastor at this event.
  • Fix breakfast for the men before one of their meetings
  • Supply funds for their youth who are teaching Bible School with the Appalachia Mission project
  • Have 2 Bible study groups which meet once a month (Monday night & Tuesday daytime)
  • Had a Saturday meeting where they gathered baby quilts for the Crisis Pregnancy Center, collected food for the local soup kitchen, and collected clothes for the Christian Mission

At Reformation in Hendersonville, the ladies:

  •  Have one circle which meets once a month (Sept. – May).  This year they studied True Woman by Susan Hunt.  They have a kick-off luncheon in August to start their new year.
  • Have a soup-in-a-bowl and game night
  • Host an Easter breakfast
  • Hold a June picnic
  • Have a cookout at Bonclarken in August
  • Have a Thanksgiving breakfast the Saturday after Thanksgiving
  • Hold a Christmas dinner in December
  • Have a graduation luncheon in May for their graduates
  • Support 2 missionaries and a girls’ school in Pakistan
  • Participate in the Christmas shoe box project with Samaritan’s Purse
  • Collect cans of soup for local food bank around the Super Bowl
  • Have a Breakfast Brunch that meets for prayer once a moth
  • Plan a one day retreat with a speaker once a year
  • Collect food for a local ministry called The Store House

At Gastonia First, the ladies:

  • Serve as greeters in the Narthex on Sundays before the Worship Service
  • Send some remembrance (such as gift certificates) to college students twice a year
  • Provide supper on the 5th Mondays to W. Gastonia Boys & Girls Club
  • Decorate the church at Christmas
  • Change the paraments during the different seasons of the liturgical year
  • Provide bereavement meals
  • Offer a monthly book club
  • Started a new ministry: “Women Encouraging Women – Becoming Titus 2 Treasures” and have trained women to participate
  • Have had 4 “ladies night out” events which included a speaker, meal, and sometimes entertainment.  The focus of these events is building relationships.
  • Their Care Ministry hosts a new member social.
  • Provided two scholarships for Camp Joy
  • Opened a Curriculum Room for church use.  Books and teaching materials for the room were donated by church members.
  • Gave out bookmarks with their theme verse during Lent
  • Celebrated National Day of Prayer with three options:  prayer and fasting; meet at Gaston County Courthouse at noon to pray corporately with the community; and participate in a prayer service at church that night.
  • Their summer activities include:
    • Lemonade Sundays on the first Sunday in June, July, and August where the ladies provide glasses of lemonade to the congregation after worship, encouraging them to stay and fellowship together.
    • Bluegrass and Barbeque picnic
    • Study of “Summer Psalms” on Wednesday evenings
    • A Bible study in July during the day.

At Coddle Creek in Mooresville, the ladies:

  • Have four circles which meet monthly for Bible study and business. They all meet together quarterly, and in December have a Christmas fellowship time together.
  • Moms & Toddlers: a weekly playgroup for mothers and their young children who get together at the church for fellowship for moms and fun for children.
  • Remember the sick and shut-in (OSPs – Our Special People) at holidays and their birthdays with cards or small gifts and visits.
  • Provide bereavement meals to families
  • Put flowers in the church on Sundays
  • Take meals to new mothers
  • Give Bridal showers and Baby showers to first time mothers
  • Send care packages to college students and those in the military
  • Support the Bible teachers in the local high schools
  • Go Christmas caroling to members’ homes and nursing homes  bringing fruit baskets to leave
  • Host an annual Senior Citizens’ Banquet with entertainment as well as a meal
  • Have a Jubilee birthday celebration
  • Support the local Community Pregnancy Center
  • Have a women’s retreat the year that Presbyterial doesn’t
  • Bake cakes for the annual barbeque
  • Have an annual Prayer luncheon with a speaker, each lady bringing a salad to share
  • Hostess a covered dish supper on Wednesday before the Thanksgiving Worship service
  • One of the ladies has started a book donation program where church members donate used books.  Other members can then purchase any book for $0.50; the proceeds are donated to the Community Pregnancy Center and MABTA (Mooresville Area Bible Teaching Association).

At Burlington First, the ladies:

  • Have a morning and an evening Bible study
  • Have a bereavement team which prepares and serves a meal before or after the funerals of deceased church members for their families
  • Work with children’s church, nursery, VBS, and Kid’s Club
  • Have a card ministry
  • Make baby quilts for the local Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Head up a Red Cross blood drive
  • Have monthly visits to a local retirement home
  • Their president sends Valentine cards to all of the ladies in the church
  • Two ladies invite once a month several single ladies or a retired couple to join them for dinner at a local restaurant. Each pays their own way and those invited a different each month
  • One lady makes “sick bags” for people in the hospital, supported by the funds from their WM. Items are tied up in pretty, decorative bags and include CDs, devotions, books, lotion, candles, boxes of cards, reading lights, prayers, lady and men things, lip gloss, mints, chocolate. You have to sign and date to whom the bag is going and for what situation. The bags are at church for anyone to take to the hospital and the bags are marked man/woman/child/age-appropriate.

At Christ Community Church in Greensboro, the ladies:

  • Their aim is to be supportive and submissive to their session and in that to conduct activities that promote the Biblical vision of the Session
  • Their goal is to teach their ladies the Titus 2 Mandate by encouraging participation in the Means of Grace and also sharing practical opportunities to live out God’s sanctification in their daily lives
  • The desire to blend the age groups together throughout their calendar year rather than always meeting separately with the hope of gleaning wisdom and support across the age groups
  • has a Ladies Brunch in order to provide fellowship and give an opportunity for the ladies to meet the WM leaders and volunteers, to share the goals and activities planned for the year and also recruit more volunteers (winter brunch)
  • had a Mother/Daughter Tea in May and invited anyone who was a Daughter and anyone who was a Mother in order to highlight the Titus 2 Mandate and how we are to teach and learn our Biblical heritage from Generation to Generation. Little girls were also included and were encouraged to bring a favorite doll to accompany them (spring tea)
  • the GEMS of the church – their saged ladies- have met separately for field trips and also were hosted at a member’s home for a special tea
  • the young moms and children get together for a playdate at a city park for fellowship in July
  • Other plans include having 6-10 ladies a time over several evenints gather in homes or at the church kitchen to fellowship and swap meals to be frozen for the busy holidays
  • Hope to implement Christian issues and classic novels book clubs
  • Bible studies for women led by pastors or interns
  • Walk and talk hours: group of mixed or similar ages gather to go for exercise walks one evening a week
  • hold shows for rooms such as the nursery and children’s Sunday School rooms in need of quality Scriptural books and toys; or kitchen or library that need restocking. Asking for double gifts, donating the second gift to a charity or missionary

At Covenant in Statesville, the ladies:

  • feature a local speak each month at circle to give a program about their work in the community. Each speaker is allotted around 15 minutes and most have brought handouts. The speakers have included Shelia Osborne (World Witness short term missions), Director of the Upper Room (a local teen coffee house supported by area churches), a representative of Iredell Christian Ministries, a representative with the local Bible in Schools Program, Director of the local Pregnancy Resource Center, and a representative of the Police Dept’s Gang Initiative
  • have an annual retreat to Bonclarken
  • provide support for various church programs such as a mini-missions conference, a reception following the fifth Sunday night sing where county-wide ARP churches participate
  • send greeting cards to recovering service personnel at Walter Reed Hospital
  • collect items for the Bonclarken Gift Shop
  • collect items monthly for the Christmas Shoebox program
  • sponsored a prayer vigil at the church on the National Day of Prayer

Thank you to the ladies at these churches for supplying the information.  Please let us know what is going on at your church.

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