Many congregations have a group to provide fellowship and encourage women of all ages to become disciples of Christ as they seek to fulfil the aims of PW. Each PW Group plans its own programme of meetings and events. Groups support the work of PW prayerfully and financially. Personal giving is usually found to be the most successful means of raising money, either through gift envelopes or mission boxes. All proceeds from these are allocated to the PW Mission Fund. Mission boxes are available from the Office.
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Each PW LINK brings together members of PW at Presbytery level. It seeks to equip, enthuse and empower women to serve Christ. A PW LINK organises events for women at Presbytery level and acts as a link between the PW Panel and PW Groups in churches, facilitating the circulation of information and ideas to strengthen and equip each group.
The PW Forum allows the work of PW to be considered in an atmosphere of worship. It brings together representatives from each PW LINK and seeks to motivate, educate and support those planning and running LINK meetings and events. The PW Forum normally meets twice each year. The September Forum aims to enthuse members at the beginning of a new session and the February Forum gives advance notice of the following year’s theme.
This is the decision-making body of PW. It seeks to encourage prayer and fellowship, promote spiritual growth and educate regarding mission at home and overseas. The members of this committee represent each LINK and they serve on the Council for Global Mission, Council for Mission in Ireland and Council for Social Witness. The committee also elects three Office Bearers: President, Home Vice-President and Overseas Vice-President. The PW Panel allocates grants from the PW Mission Fund to support the work of missionaries and deaconesses. Each year a different theme is chosen and each PW Group is provided with a resource pack with suggested programmes and ideas to use. Some recent themes have been Under His Wings, Light of the World and God is able.
Meet the team
Pauline Kennedy - Women's Ministry & PW Development Officer
My face may be familiar to some of you from one of those missionary photos pinned on your walls some years ago. My husband Norman and I lived and served as PCI missionaries in Kenya between 1989 and 2007.
We have three sons who are all still studying at school and university. As a family we belong to Wellington Presbyterian Church, Ballymena where we love to worship and serve in different areas of congregational life.
I have known God’s call on my life since I became a Christian as a nineteen year old Art College student. Since then I have had a deep desire to serve Him wherever He leads. For many years I have been involved in women’s ministry at home and overseas and I have a passionate heartfelt vision from God for all women across our land and beyond, to know that they are valued, and that their identity in Christ has real purpose and has His mission at its core.
As Women’s Ministry and PW Development Officer it is my responsibility to support the ministry of Presbyterian Women, as well as assisting in the development of strategy and coordination of women’s ministry in general.
Telephone: PW Office +44 (0)28 9041 7256
Charlotte Stevenson - PW Support Officer
I am a member of Mourne congregation and live on a dairy farm near Kilkeel, Co Down with my husband Jim. We have four grown up children and two granddaughters. I have been an active member of PW since 1986. My favourite pastime is swimming.
I was appointed as Development Officer in February, 2006 to develop women's ministry within PW and to help groups take up the challenge of our purpose, Presbyterian Women encourages women to become disciples of Christ. I also took on additional duties to act as Editor of Wider World in 2010.
Telephone: PW Office +44 (0)28 9041 7256
Rose McCullagh - Senior Administrative Assistant
I have been happily married to Ian since 1985 and live in the heart of Co. Down close to the village of Dromara. I am a member of First Dromara Presbyterian Church.
I love the outdoors and main hobbies revolve around walking and watersports.
In a nutshell: wife, thoughtful, caring, faithful, fun-loving, sensitive, devoted, mischievous, compassionate, patient, relational, thorough.
As Senior Administrative Assistant I am responsible for finance related duties, deputation arrangements and secretarial and administrative duties.
Naomi Campbell - Administrative Assistant
I live in Finaghy and am a member of Lowe Memorial congregation where I am a Sunday School teacher. I serve on the Belfast committee of the Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. This committee is responsible for fund raising and arranging activities for children and adults whose lives have been affected by Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. During the summer months I enjoy spending time with the family at our caravan in Annalong.
I have worked in the PW Office since 1992. In my role as administrative assistant I deal with general office enquiries both on the telephone and from those who visit the office. I am also responsible for maintaining the PW Database and assisting with general office duties.
Valerie Stewart - Women's Strategy and Coordination Committee Convener
Valerie brings a wealth of experience to the role of Convener: she has served as group leader in various congregations, a member of PW LINK in the Presbyteries of Foyle, Derry & Donegal and is currently Chairperson of Monaghan LINK. Valerie served on PW Central Committee for ten years and was the 2008/2009 President. She is wholeheartedly committed to the work of women’s ministry, and PW in particular, and longs to see people come to faith and become disciples of Christ. Her interests include crafts, photography, Sudoku puzzles and caravanning. Valerie is married to Stanley, currently a part-time minister in four small congregations on the Fermanagh-Monaghan border, and they have a son and a daughter who are both married.
Elma Leeburn - President
Elma is married to Ian, has two sons and a daughter and six grandchildren under the age of five. She retired in 2013 having worked with her husband and sons in the family business. She is an elder in Hillsborough Congregation and very much enjoys pastoral visiting. She has been Leader, Secretary and Treasurer of her PW Group and recently completed her term as Secretary of the Dromore PW LINK. Elma would love to see more women, particularly young women, coming along to PW. In her spare time she enjoys being on the north coast.
Karen Craig - Home Vice-President
Karen is married to Rob, minister in Kilfennan Presbyterian Church in Londonderry, and they have two daughters. Serving alongside her husband in ministry she has been able to get involved with PW groups over the last 32 years. She has found it both encouraging and rewarding to see women grow in their Christian faith through the fellowship and friendship of PW. With over 40 years of service as an officer in Girls’ Brigade, Karen has recognised the importance of helping young girls find and develop their Christian faith. She has recently taken early retirement from primary school teaching and, in addition to her classroom teaching, she was the designated teacher for child protection for a number of years.
She is a passionate Ulster Rugby supporter and season ticket holder and likes to travel when opportunities arise.
Lynda Stothers - Overseas Vice-President
Lynda is married to Jim and they have three adult sons. She has been involved with PW for 34 years and has been blessed with the love and support of the women of PW in four congregations and Presbyteries. Having served at various levels, Lynda has learned more and more about the vital contributions PW makes to the wider Church and she has enjoyed doing so. Her career experiences as a physiotherapist, a playgroup assistant and as a counsellor have opened her eyes to the deeper needs of women. Her vision is that women of all ages and stages will support and encourage each other as they face the joys and sorrows, along with the ordinary everyday events and duties of this life. To unwind Lynda enjoys crafting, jigsaw puzzles and sudoku.