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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    Summer Sweet Spot
    June 22–July 27, 2022

    Wednesday Evening Bible Study
    June 22–July 27, 2022
    6:30–8:30 p.m.

    This summer we will be doing something more casual and neighborly for our summer Bible study and we would love for you to join us!

    Instead of meeting at the church as we normally do, we will meet in homes throughout the area. Four women have opened their homes to us. When you register, you will be assigned to the hostess nearest you. Each study will have a leader as well, with about ten women in each group. The groups will be located throughout the general areas around the church (Dunlap, Peoria, Washington, Morton, etc.).

    The first Wednesday evening (June 22), we will meet at the church for a kick-off event to meet the hostesses and the leaders before going to their homes for the following five weeks. We will learn and apply a way to study the Bible in a group and on our own. No other books will be needed.

    We would love to meet you and have you join us in our Summer Sweet Spot for Bible study. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Brenda Garrison with any questions.

    Register Now!


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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 February 1 through May 3.

    A children’s program is available during our studies:

    • Nursery care
    • Preschool program which includes: Bible lesson, craft, snack, and activities

    Groups offered Spring 2022

    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)
    "With Us in the Wilderness: A Study of Numbers" by Lauren Chandler | Emily Oliver

    The Book of Numbers is a story of identity, wilderness, and God. This in-depth study of the Book of Numbers and God's people shows how even when they rebelled, God's love and promises remained. Contact Emily for more information.
    The Side-by-Side group also has an evening meeting led by Jan Driessnack in her home. Contact Jan via email or at (309) 360-8016 to register for the evening study.


    Twelve More Women of the Bible | Jorie Dahlin
    Some of today's bestloved authors and speakers look at the spiritual lessons learned from the twelve biblical women and what they mean for women today. 

    Death and Resurrection of the Messiah by Ray Vander Laan | Normi Howard
    This unique video series brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers.



    TBS 2022 Spring Registration

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    Women in the Workplace
    Community and Bible Study for those in the workplace

    Join us on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. for community and Bible study to those who are busy in the workplace. We will be using She Reads Truth as our guide into God’s word. You can go to shereadstruth.com for more information.


    Register for Women in the Workplace


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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 registration has reopened for the Spring semester.  Limited spots are available. If you have any further questions regarding MOPS, feel free to reach out to Elizabeth via email.


    Register for MOPS


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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.

    Spring 2022 Schedule

    February 15 - Lunch at church. Noon. Patriotic Music with Shawn Degenhart

    March 15 - Lunch at church. Noon. History including the potato Famin and the Orphan ships

    April 19 - Lunch at church. Noon. Decorating Trends with Jerri Bruns

    May 17  Dining out for Spring - 5:30 p.m. at Childer's Banquet Center on Dries Lane.


    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."

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