Women of Grace

Welcome to Women's Ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church! We are thrilled you stopped by our page!

Our goal is to create a space where each woman feels welcomed and cared for. Whether you need a soft place to land, or you're ready for an in-depth Bible study, or something in-between, we hope you'll find what you need for the season of life you're in.

We offer weekly Bible studies, support groups, and special events. Please feel free to reach out to me, Brenda Garrison, with any questions or comments.

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    A place to refresh and renew
    with other moms just like you!

    MOPS is a group of moms of kids who are 0-Kindergarten aged. We build circles of women who meet together over coffee and snacks because raising humans is beautiful and hard, and having each other to lean on is life-giving.

    We listen to encouraging speakers, do fun crafts, and share this journey of motherhood together. We meet Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 alternating an A group and B group in order to keep up with a growing capacity!

    A semester fee of $50 gets you membership to MOPS international and all their resources, a t-shirt, and the full meeting experience including speakers, activities, crafts and more. All while your children are cared for with our amazing childcare team!

    MOPS is full for our fall semester, and registration is closed. If you have any further questions regarding MOPS, or are interested in registration for the spring semester, feel free to reach out to Elizabeth via email.



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    Tuesday Bible Studies
    Growth and Connection

    Tuesday mornings at Grace Pres are a fun time of studying God’s Word while growing in relationship with other women—fancy wording for making friends!

    Studies will run Tuesdays 9:30–11:30 a.m. from September 14 through November 23. Our celebration brunch will be held on November 30.

    A children’s program is available during our studies:

    • Nursery care
    • Preschool program which includes: Bible lesson, craft, snack, and activities
    • Homeschool study hall—supervised and frequent fun activities

    Groups offered Fall 2021

    1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin | Normi Howard
    Study the book of 1 Peter with Jen Wilkin in this 9-session Bible Study. Peter, a man of faith and flaws and an eyewitness to the life of Christ, challenges us to look beyond our current circumstances to a future inheritance. In 1 Peter, he shares concerns about issues for the early believers and points us to humility and submission. 
    How Much More: Discovering God’s Extravagant Love in Unexpected Places by Lisa Harper | Jorie Dahlin
    In this 7-session Bible study, you’ll discover divine love in the often overlooked and misunderstood passages. And you’ll be delighted to find that Jehovah of the Old Testament is the same redemptive and compassionate God we see through Jesus Christ in the New Testament. He has always been and will always be for us!
    Quilters & More | Pat Ivaska
    A sweet group of women who share the passion of quilting. Each meeting time consists of a devotional, time to give prayer requests, show and tell, and either a demonstration or workday. All women are welcome. If you have ever wanted to learn to quilt and spend time with precious, godly women, check out this group.
    Side by Side (a ministry for medical wives)
    1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp | Emily Oliver

    Discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to everyday amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of experiencing the constant presence of God that will bring you deep and lasting joy. Contact Emily for more information.
    The Side-by-Side group also has an evening meeting led by Jan Driessnack in her home. They will be studying With You in the Wilderness by Lauren Chandler which explores the encouraging truths found in the Book of Colossians. Contact Jan via email or at (309) 360-8016 to register for the evening study.


    TBS 2021 Fall Registration

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    Monday Morning Prayer
    We meet weekly to pray together

    All women are invited to attend a weekly time of prayer for our church, our nation, our missionaries, and our own personal requests. We begin each week with a devotional or a sharing time by a missionary. Then we divide into groups and spend time in prayer.

    For more information contact Mary Jane Crowell at (309) 674-5313.

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    Moms in Prayer
    Praying for our children

    Moms In Prayer is an international group whose vision is that “every school in the world would be covered with prayer.” MIP helps moms (and grandmothers) in their local schools to pray for the children, teachers, staff, administration, and school board. They meet for one hour a week.

    We at Grace Presbyterian are happy to host several groups as listed below.

    You may contact Elizabeth Parker for more information about an existing group or to start one for your school.

    Sarah Alkire
    Dunlap HS—MIP Wednesdays 8:30–9:30 a.m. Lounge
    Ann White
    College & Career—MIP Thursdays 1–2 p.m. Lounge
    Elizabeth Parker
    College & Career—MIP Thursdays 1–2 p.m. Lounge
    Laura Sidler
    College & Career—MIP Thursdays 1–2 p.m. Lounge
    Lisa Velpel
    Glen Oak—MIP Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. CEF Headquarters, 708 E. Archer Ave.
    Ann Stark
    College & Career—MIP Wednesdays 9:30–10:30 a.m. Northminster Presbyterian, 10720 Knoxville Ave.
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    Grace Women's Fellowship
    Find encouragement and friends

    We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the church. We have lunch, interesting and fun speakers and activities. All women are welcome. Contact Myrna Helmick at (309) 922-6062 for more information.

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    His Alone
    Joining Grace Women's Fellowship

    His alone, a group for women who are single – either widowed, divorced, or never married, will not be meeting as usual this semester. We are invited to join with Grace Women’s Fellowship the third Tuesday of each month at noon during this season. Contact Myrna Helmick at (309) 922-6062 for more information about GWF.

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    Woman 2 Woman
    Titus 2 Ministry

    Woman to woman. Day to Day. Life to life. A beautiful model of sharing life between older and younger women is displayed in Titus 2. Many of us feel unqualified to teach others, but we can use our strengths and our failures to point others to God’s amazing grace.

    The women’s ministry at Grace desires to help women of all ages join together in a mentoring relationship. We do this by intentionally planning events that facilitate intergenerational relationships and providing resources as needed.

    If you are interested in finding a mentor or being a mentor, please contact Woman 2 Woman Coordinator, Karen Cordes.

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    Life-on-Life Missional Discipleship

    MATTHEW 28:18-20

    And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."