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 Winter Retreat
    True Freedom
    February 17-18, 2023

    Come get away for a winter retreat without going away!


    Dr. Mary Willson Hannah will be teaching from Exodus on experiencing the true freedom that God gives to those he redeems. Through the book of Exodus, we will be encouraged and challenged to enjoy that freedom by knowing our Redeemer, understanding his great love for us, and whole-heartedly living for him.

    Our retreat sessions will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church, and our evening fun and breakfast (for those spending the night) will be at the Wingate where we will be staying overnight.

    The cost of the retreat is only $50. (Room rates are separate.) Registration includes the retreat, lunch on Saturday, music, and unlimited fun.

    Registration is due by February 6, 2023.

    Doors open at 6 p.m. for snacks and our opening mixer.

    Register for Winter Retreat


    Room Prices

    Make your reservations at the Wingate, (309) 589-0033, under "Grace Pres Women's Conference."  7708 N Route 91, Peoria IL

    • Single (Need some alone time) — $119
    • Double (Want to catch up with a friend) — $59.50
    • Three (Hanging with my girls) — $39.67
    • Four (Hey, who needs to sleep?) — $29.75

    You may also opt to sleep at home and pay only the retreat fee.


    Workshops

    • College Women: Q&A with Mary Hannah about topics that matter most to young adults.
       
    • Hospitality: How to Love Well- Come and learn what hospitality is, what it’s not, and how to share this biblical mandate well.
       
    • Mentoring Matters: Kristina Cherne shares how mentors help others live out their faith in practical ways and what a vital part this ministry plays in every area of life. Come learn how to find a mentor and mentor others in this inspiring workshop.
       
    • Loving Well: When Children Make Dislikable Decisions- Brenda Garrison teaches moms how to respond with love and build a bridge instead of a wall when children make choices parents dislike. Learn how to value relationship over rightness in this beneficial workshop.
       
    • Crafts with Kelsey: Outstanding crafter Kelsey Feucht shows participants how to relax and let creativity flow. For the low cost of $5, everything is provided to learn how to embroider a beautiful bouquet keepsake worthy of gifting.
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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 2023


    Tuesday Morning Bible Study | Normi Howard

    In a world that boasts more connection, many people feel less connected and less known than ever. This is not true in our relationship with God. “God’s heart is moved by your cries for help, your shouts for joy, your unspoken worries...Mark’s account of Jesus paints Him as a deeply personal and intimate God too,” shares Lisa Harper. Join Normi and the group in the study of The Gospel of Mark: The Jesus We’re Aching For by Lisa Harper.
    Cost: $20

    Rooted Women Bible-Only Bible Study | Jorie Dahlin | Esther and Ruth

    Do people in the Bible ever seem distant to you? Would you like to know Esther and Ruth as if they were close personal friends, while deepening friendships with women at Grace? If so, please join us for this Bible-Only Bible Study. 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 both their lives, and how He works in our lives today.

    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

    Side-by-Side is a Christian international group for the wives of doctors and dentists. This group offers support and encouragement in a biblically based study. This semester the women will be studying, Prescription for the Doctor's Wife by Debby Reed.

    TBS 2023 Spring Registration

    Child Registration


    MoCo Study | Rachel Escher

    This group of moms with littles will be studying the book of Ephesians and the book Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic..
     

    Women's MoCo Registration (Spring 23)

    Women's KidCo/MoCo Child Registration (Spring 23)

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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.

    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
    309-369-2937
    Dunlap HS—MIP Wednesdays 8:30–9:30 a.m. Lounge
    Ann White
    309-379-7799
    College & Career—MIP Thursdays 1–2 p.m. Lounge
    Elizabeth Parker
    309-643-0863
    College & Career—MIP Thursdays 1–2 p.m. Lounge
    Laura Sidler
    309-696-7016
    College & Career—MIP Thursdays 1–2 p.m. Lounge
    Lisa Velpel
    309-691-6483
    Glen Oak—MIP Wednesdays 10:15 a.m. CEF Headquarters, 708 E. Archer Ave.
    Ann Stark
    309-472-9011
    College & Career—MIP Wednesdays 9:30–10:30 a.m. Northminster Presbyterian, 10720 Knoxville Ave.
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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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