Welcome to WellSpring Women’s Ministry
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.
We strive to try to meet all ages and stages of life through our programs and events. Here are some of the regular offerings of Wellspring.
Women Experiencing the Bible, or WEB as it is fondly called, meets Wednesday mornings from September 5, 2018 – May 1, 2019, from 9:15 – 11:15 am. WEB embraces all stages of life so please plan on joining us as we study about & sing to our God, and enjoy loving community in small groups.
WEB registration is now open. Registration fee is $20 for full program year (September – May). Registration for Fall 2018 only (September – December) is $10. You can register online, at the church office, at the Patio Welcome Cart on Sundays, or at the event in the Fall.
Childcare is available. Registration is required for all participants with childcare needs.
2018-19 Schedule – Details to Come…
We Welcome You…
This program is designed for mothers of babies, toddlers and young children in order to provide connection, support and encouragement for moms. We work with a set curriculum, such as “MOPS” and guest speakers, enjoy breakfast, and experience fellowship together during our weekly meeting.
This year, the Time Out for Moms program will be hosted by Pastor Shannon Coon and the Children’s Ministry Director, Nancy Bultema,
Childcare is provided for children through five years of age. Do you have an infant? Feel free to bring them with you to the group or use our wonderful childcare.
Registration is required for moms with children needing childcare.
Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
Fall Kick-Off – September 6, 2018
Every Thursday, 9:30am – 11:30am
Cost: $50 for full program year
Registration is now open!
This Year’s Theme – Find Your Fire
This year we will…
Live Expectantly… Think about what could go right.
Surrender Daringly… Remember to let things go.
Breathe Freely… Let yourself be loved
Thank you for checking out our Time Out For Moms group. As our welcome to you, you can visit two times prior to paying the $50 registration fee. We do ask that you go ahead and register yourself and your child(ren) needing childcare. It is important to us that you feel welcome and connected and we look forward to meeting you.
Moms – do you have an infant? Feel free to bring the infant with you to the group or use our wonderful childcare. Childcare/kid’s program is available for infant through 5 years of age. Registration is required for participating Moms and children needing childcare. Visiting Moms and children needing childcare can use the Visitor Registration form.
PW is an independent organization within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of more than 300,000 women. The programming and resource options for the organization offer a variety of ways for women to live out their faith in an inclusive, caring community.
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 2 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!
We meet on the 1st Tuesday each month (September – June) for Bible Study with Shannon Coon 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 Luncheon – November 6
Presbyterian Women’s monthly luncheon will start again on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in the BPC Fellowship Hall.
The luncheon will be at 12:00 p.m. and the Bible Study will start at 11 a.m. R.S.V.P. to Patty at 343-1484 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org, by the Friday before the Luncheon. Cost for lunch is $5, paid at the door. The speaker this month: Deanna Schwab “Safe Space”. Questions: Contact Patty at 343-1484 or email, email@example.com. Registration is open.
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/Tammie Veach. This Fall’s study – “God’s Promise, I Am With You.”
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.