Shine – Regional Presbyterian Women’s Gathering, March 29-30, 2019
Have women in your congregation heard? The early deadline is almost here!
It is truly amazing what women’s excitement can do for the church!
The women of your congregation will not want to miss the 2019 Regional Women’s Gathering, Shine. Please share with the women of your congregation if you haven’t already.
This is a friendly reminder that the Early Bird Deadline is almost here.
Highlights of the Regional Gathering:
- Dr. Mary Jo Leddy is our keynote speaker. Dr. Leddy is a Canadian woman who has dedicated her life to the pursuit of justice and who has been walking with refugees as the founder of Romero House in Toronto for over 25 years.
- Participants will come together every day for worship and consider how to shine with others so that God’s glory can be shared.
- Lydia Collin will lead praise as voices are lifted up to God in worship each day.
- Learn, share and play in the various forums offered.
- Enjoy a theatrical performance by children dancers and singers from Hummingbird Ministries.
Haiti Exposure Tour
In January 2018, a group of women connected to the WMS came together to witness the work that Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) is supporting in the wonderfully complex world of Haiti.
WMS Council 2018
The WMS Council met at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre from Tuesday May 1 to Thursday May 3.
Delegates and Council Executive spent time in business, listening to speakers, and worshipping together.
The Land of Palestine Study
“The land of Palestine has a long and complex history. Since before the Christian era, Palestinians, both Jew and Arab shared the land. Together with Christians after the coming of Christ, these three peoples faced conquering empires and battles so numerous that a large plain, the Plain of Jezreel, east of Nazareth is pictured as the site of the battle of Armageddon.(Mitri Raheb, Faith in the Face of Empire (Maryknoll: Orbis Press, 3rd printing 2014), p. 51). As complex as the ancient history of Palestine is, its modern history is no less so.” ~Study authors
Learn more about the Land of Palestine through the WMS study written by Dorcas and Noel Gordon.
Council Executive Meeting – November 2017
The Women’s Missionary Society Council Executive met on November 15–16 in Toronto. The Executive heard from various departments of the Presbyterian Church, met and made recommendations in smaller committees, and made decisions on behalf of the whole WMS.
Rooted in Love: 2017 Women’s Gathering
For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. (Matthew 18:20, NRSV). This time, 500 came together, rooted in God’s love to be challenged and encouraged, to pray and to discern, to laugh and to cry. From May 19 to 22, women and a few men, from across Canada, and 15 international and ecumenical guests, gathered at The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre in Richmond Hill, ON.
New Together We Can! Projects
At the 2017 WMS Council meeting, two new Together We Can! projects were picked. The domestic project is the Kenora Fellowship Centre and the international project is gender-based violence in Haiti.
Healing and Reconciliation Tour
A group of 33 presbyterians participated in the Healing and Reconciliation Tour that visited various locations around Winnipeg, Kenora, and Saskatoon from June 12 to 21. They spent time with First Nations and Métis people, listening to their stories and spending time in their company. They were greeted graciously, simply, and with great warmth.
WMS Exposure Tour to Haiti
The WMS is planning an exposure tour to Haiti with the help of PWS&D. It is planned for January 22-29, 2018 and will cost $2,700.
Click here to learn about the projects the group will be visiting. The application form and deposit will be due October 31, 2017.
The Presbyterian Woman of Faith Award
The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Women’s Missionary Society, and the Order of Diaconal Ministries established the Presbyterian Woman of Faith award to recognize the courageous and faithful work of women within our church in three distinct categories: faithful service, specific accomplishment, and lifetime achievement. We received nominations from across the church.
The recipients received their award at the 2017 Women’s Gathering, click here for more information.
WMS Council Meeting 2017
The WMS Council met on Thursday, May 18 in Toronto, Ontario. See what decisions were made and what guests were present.
New Stories of Mission
Stories of Mission: Faith in Action
Stories of Mission contains stories of people–from across Canada and around the world–sharing God’s love, hope, peace and justice with those around them.
Through prayer and gifts to Presbyterians Sharing, PWS&D, WMS and AMS, you are helping support the mission and ministry featured in these stories.
Each story of mission includes a reflection, discussion questions, hymn suggestions and a prayer, so you can use this resource as a mission study or Bible study.
It is available free of charge. You can order it from Parasource Distribution: 800-263-2664 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The product code is 2016 1002 0008.
Or you can download the resource (PDF) and other mission resources produced by The Presbyterian Church in Canada here.
Latest WMS Matters!
Learn about what is happening with the Women’s Missionary Society. Read the latest newsletter.