WELLSPRING WOMEN’S MINISTRY OF BPC

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well in the Gospel of John, he not only knew her intimately, but he also let her get to know him as the Messiah. When the woman realized who He was, she went and proclaimed it to her town, bringing a mass of new followers to Jesus. This image of a Christ who knows us, is known by us, and inspires us to make him known to others is the foundation of our women’s ministries at Bidwell Presbyterian Church.

Jesus told the Samaritan woman, “the water that I will give will become in each person a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” We women of BPC desire to encounter this spring of water in the programs we offer. To that end, we call ourselves the Wellspring Women’s Ministry.

Our mission is to know Christ, to be known by Christ and to make Christ known.

As opportunities and events are planned for Women’s Ministry, they will be posted here.

RETREATS

This is a specific time to focus on our spiritual lives, our relationships, and our God-given gifts and talents. It is also a time to just “rest” in the arms of Christ.
Some of our retreats are offered out-of-town, and some are offered right on our church campus.

We spend time as a large group listening to teachings of a guest teacher, break off into small groups for discussion, worship together, play games, dine together, and get to know one another.

WEB

Current Offering:

WEB (Women Experiencing the Bible) | Wednesdays, 9:15AM – 10:30AM
Starting this fall ONLINE on September 16, 2020.

If you would like more information about this ministry,
contact Janet Thresher at jcthresher@comcast.net

BPC has an active chapter of Presbyterian Women (PW). PW is an independent organization within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that has, for more than 200 years, strengthened the Presbyterian Church and played a major role in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the promise of God’s kingdom.  Our chapter of the organization is currently not meeting in person due to the pandemic.

MONTHLY LUNCHEONS
We meet on the 1st Tuesday each month (September – June) for Bible Study with Shannon Coon or Tammie Veach at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch and program at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Also offered are Small Group Circles for Bible Study and fellowship in various homes. They are always open to more women. All ladies are invited to attend.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S LUNCH AND BIBLE STUDY –  April 7, 2020
Presbyterian Women’s monthly luncheon will be at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, April 7 in the Fellowship Hall.  Guest Speakers Bob and Babs Donoho “International Christian Travels.”  R.S.V.P. to Patty at 343-1484 or email pdavidson@bidwellpres.org by Thursday, April 2. The cost is $6.00 paid at the door. Bring a friend!

HORIZON BIBLE STUDY
A one-hour Bible study precedes the luncheon at 11:00 a.m. each month at the church, led by Shannon Coon or Tammie Veach. This Fall’s study – “Love Carved in Stone”

OUR HISTORY

At Bidwell Presbyterian Church, our history started in the 1800’s. Women sold their eggs and other items to support foreign missionaries. It was called the Mite Society. Today we connect with women and serve our church, community, and beyond in many ways. For more than 200 years PW groups have strengthened the Presbyterian Church and played a major role in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the promise of God’s kingdom. We strive to provide a safe and welcoming place where your kids are excited to come every week and you feel comfortable dropping them off. Our staff and childcare workers are CPR and First Aid trained. In addition, our fantastic team of volunteers have undergone thorough background checks and training. Our child to staff ratio is 4:1.

WHAT ARE CIRCLE MEETINGS?

Circles are small groups of women who meet for study, prayer, fellowship, and missions giving, in a relaxed atmosphere of one of the ladies’ homes. Circles meet once a month (September-June) with the focus on using the Horizon Bible Study. Proceeds from monthly circle donations go to Jesus Center and Torres Shelter ($50 each every month) and to the “Fellowship of the Least Coin,” which invites women from around the world to set aside the least coin of their country as a concrete symbol of their prayers for peace and reconciliation and the funds support many programs.

WHAT IS TWO CENTS A MEAL?

“Two-Cents-A-Meal,” originated in 1976 as a project by Presbyterian Women to involve individuals and families in a corporate response to world hunger. Collecting your change is a simple act expressing thanksgiving for what we have received and it is a way to respond to Jesus’ command “You give them something to eat.” Use envelopes found in the pews to turn in your contributions.

WHAT IS THE PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY?

Do you know of someone who needs a special touch? A group of Presbyterian Women has a ministry to solve that need. We make prayer shawls to wrap these people in to help them feel God’s special touch and to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Each shawl is started with a prayer, and prayers are knitted or crocheted as we work. Special stitches and special colors are often used which fit the situation of the recipient. On completion, a group of people, usually friends or family of the recipient, form a circle and pray over the shawl, passing it from hand to hand. Then the shawl is presented to the person in need. We have some shawls already made, but if we do not have one we will make one for the person who needs one. If you desire a shawl for a special person, contact Evelyn Hayes at 342-5236.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

The women of PW are involved at our church in many ways: Greeters, Ushers, singing in the chancel and gospel choirs and helping with special projects for children, among others. Some women use their talents for knitting prayer shawls and quilting baby blankets which are presented to various members of our church family and many uniforms and dresses have been sewn for children at an orphanage in Haiti. The energy and enthusiasm with which the women of PW work to provide care and love for others are inspiring!