Over 1,000 expected at PW Annual Meeting

29.4.2016 | Presbyterian Women, Church Life


Presbyterian Women, the organisation for women within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, will be holding its Annual Meeting on Thursday, 5th May 2016 at 2pm. The event is free and open to all women.

Held in Assembly Buildings in Belfast, and repeated on Friday, 6th May at 7.15pm, the event is also the launch pad for the 2016/2017 PW theme: This is the Day.

Encouraging people to attend, Acting PW General Secretary, Charlotte Stevenson, said that the Annual Meetings attract over 1,500 women from congregations across Ireland. “It is a wonderful time of worship, fellowship and of course catching up with one another,” she added.


Elaine Duncan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society

This year our guest speaker is Elaine Duncan, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society. Elaine is not only enthusiastic about people having a Bible in their own language, but also helping them to understand God’s Word and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through it.

“The focus of Elaine’s work has always been to encourage people to know God better as they interact with His Word. We are very much looking forward to hearing from her and what she has to say at the seminar she is holding on Friday afternoon at 3pm,” Charlotte said.

As women’s fellowships within the Presbyterian Church, each of the 465 PW Groups across Ireland encourage women to become disciples of Christ. Each group seeks ways to actively reach women in their own area for Christ and supports mission at home and overseas.

At this year’s meeting, outgoing President, Sandra Stokes of Edengrove Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch, will hand over the baton to new President, Jean Farlow, who attends Main Street Presbyterian Church in Garvagh.

The incoming President said that she was looking to her year in office and taking this year’s theme forward. The theme, This is the day, is based on Zephaniah 3:5, which says ‘…every new day He does not fail.’ Explaining the concept behind this year’s theme, Jean said, “If we commit our lives to Christ we are assured that He will use all of our days, no matter how difficult, for the good of others, ourselves and ultimately for His Glory.”

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