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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    Women's Spring Bible Study
    Spring 2024

    It’s too early to plant flowers, so let’s celebrate spring early by getting out of the house and joining a short Bible study. Bring a friend to one of the studies on the topic that interests you—friendship, suffering and loss, prayer, and biblical hospitality.

    Four groups will meet in homes around the area for seven weeks in March and April.

    Each study will have a book with study questions and be led by a trained leader. These studies will be a casual time of discovering God’s wisdom and guidance on topics we care about. It’s a great opportunity to grow in God’s Word and spend time with a friend and women of various ages.

    Course descriptions and registration link can be found below.


    Suffering and Loss—Desperate for Hope: Questions We Ask God in Suffering, Loss, and Longing by Vaneetha Risner

    “Have you ever asked, Why am I going through this? What if this never gets better? Does God really care about me? When life falls apart, it’s easy to feel alone and slip into despair—disillusioned with God, hopeless about the future, and doubting your faith.

    “In this seven-session study, Vaneetha Risner tackles the hard questions and offers a scriptural framework to help you find hope in your pain. She will be a gracious guide through this difficult topic, walking with you as you meet women in the Bible who suffered loss, and sharing her own experiences of longing and grief. In the end, you’ll find that the answers to your deepest questions can be found in the character, goodness, and sovereignty of God.”*

    This study will be held in the Dunlap area.


    Friendship—We Saved You A Seat: Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships by Lisa-Jo Baker

    “ ‘How are you?’ ”

     “ ‘Fine.’

    “In today’s busy world, we’re wired to appear “fine,” warding off authenticity and shielding ourselves from judgment. We hide behind the hum of busyness to escape intimate friendships with the women God has placed in our lives.

    But we do want a seat at the table. We yearn for authentic relationships and the opportunity to be the opposite of “fine” with people who cheer for us. But comparison, envy, and entitlement often stop us from pulling out a chair at the table. Friendship can be hard, making new friends even harder, and maintaining genuine friendship the hardest of all.

    In this seven-session Bible study, we will explore our relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for authentic friendship. Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend—it’s how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. So instead of chasing perfection, overcome your fear of being known and find the courage to connect.”*

    This study will be held in the Uplands/Bradley area.


    Hospitality (not entertaining)—Just Open the Door: A Study of Biblical Hospitality by Jen Schmidt

    “Hospitality is one of the best ways to live out the two greatest commandments: loving God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. But often we get caught up in perfecting our homes and conversations before we open our doors.

    “Over seven sessions, look to Jesus as your model for hospitality. Discover how He lived a life full of interruptions, yet always welcomed people and invited them to follow Him. Learn to replace cultural expectations with biblical hospitality to create a legacy of invitation and reflect Jesus through simple acts of service.”*

    This study will be held in Morton.


    Prayer—When You Pray: A Study of Six Prayers in the Bible by various authors

    “Do you have trouble thinking of words to say to God when you pray? Are you afraid some emotions are too intense to express to God? Do you reach the end of a day only to realize you haven’t prayed at all? You’re not alone. Prayer is the way we relate to God, but sometimes it’s a struggle. Throughout God’s Word, we encounter many voices who teach us how to pray.

    “In this seven-session study, join with six beloved Bible teachers who will help you study prayers in the Bible that can inspire your own. You’ll learn that God welcomes your praise and lament, your thanksgiving and intercession. You’ll see examples of how to pray when you’re alone and when you’re gathered with others. Above all, you’ll notice there’s no one right way to pray. As you draw near to God through prayer, you’ll find your faith strengthened and your heart united to Christ.”*

    This study will be held in the North Peoria/Dunlap area.


    *All course descriptions are taken from the back cover copy of each book.


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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.

    A children’s program is available during our studies:

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

    Groups offered Spring 2024


    Chapel Bible Study | Normi Howard

    Elijah by Priscilla Shirer in a study of the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now.
    Cost: $16

    Rooted Women Bible-Only Bible Study | Jorie Dahlin | Acts

    Acts continued from the fall semester. Have you ever wondered how the early church loved well and shared the Gospel from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth? Would you like to learn how you can do the same? If so, please join us for this Bible-Only Bible Study on the book of Acts. Each week, we will read a chapter of the Bible together and discuss it using a series of thought-provoking questions. We will gain a fresh perspective on how God worked in the lives of the early church, and how He works in our lives today.

    Quilters & More | Pat Ivaska

    With a passion for quilting, this sweet group of women meet for a devotional, share prayer requests, enjoy showing their quilting, and participate in a demonstration or a workday. All women are welcome. If you love to quilt or want to learn, this group of godly women is for you.

    Side-by-Side | Emily Oliver

    Habits of the Household by Justin Earley
    Side-by-Side is a Christian international group for the wives of doctors and dentists. Discover simple habits and easy-to-implement daily rhythms that will help you find meaning beyond the chaos of family life as you create a home where kids and parents alike practice how to love God and each other. Earley gives you the tools you need to create structure-from mealtimes to bedtimes-that free you to parent toddlers, kids, and teens with purpose.

    MoCo Bible Study | Jessica Nelson

    Treasuring Christ by Gloria Furman
    Mom Collective is a community where you can come as you are, be known, supported, and encouraged, as we adventure together through the little years of motherhood. This group of moms will gather together to study Philippians and the book "Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms" by Gloria Furman. Come with us to mine the treasures of God's word and lock arms together in the context of motherhood.
    Cost: $15

    Lifestyle Evangelism | Elizabeth Holt, Lori Holt

    How to Talk About Jesus by Sam Chan
    Most of us are familiar with Jesus' Great Commission, as he tells his disciples to "go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." We would agree it is important for Christians to share their faith. Yet, when we look at our own lives, we realize that is often difficult, intimidating and something we just don't know how to do. This study will help us link arms as believers and learn practical ways to share our faith as we follow Jesus in our day to day lives.
    Cost: $14

    TBS 2024 Spring Registration

    Child Registration

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    Mom Collective

    Mom Collective is a community where you can come as you are, be known, supported, and encouraged, as we adventure together through the little years of motherhood. For more information about our meetings and events click here, or send us an email!

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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.

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

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    3TGW—Third Tuesday Grace Women
    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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    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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