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A Presbyterian Woman . . .

. . . belongs. She has chosen to be a member of the church-wide organization of Presbyterian Women, which was formed in 1988 by action of the voting representatives.

. . . is never alone. Presbyterian Women have a rich heritage, with roots in the 19th-century women’s missionary societies organized in our predecessor denominations.  While women were active in mission and responsive to Christ’s call, women were not represented in Presbyterian polity until 1930, when ordination (as elder) was first allowed to women.  The first female deacons and elders were elected to serve in our church in 1984.

. . . believes in her mission.  The constitution of Presbyterian Women is the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which consists of the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order.

Presbyterian Women have characteristics such as power (from the Holy Spirit), persistence (in prayer and Bible Study), peacemaking (and work for justice), creativity, circular relationships, and many other qualities that make us ideal church leaders, and participants.

PW Christmas Special Giving Project

November 14 – December 15, 2021

Pride for Parents Christmas Store provides low-income parents in need of financial assistance a way to purchase new, unwrapped, and very gently used toys and other gifts for children of all ages. Everyone is invited to participate by donating toys and clothes (focusing on middle school/teenagers) but we will accept toys for any age!


Circles are a great way for women to connect with one another in a smaller, more intimate setting.

Meeting Note: All Circles plan to meet in-person beginning September 2021. If COVID-19 pandemic conditions deteriorate, Circles may change their meetings to Zoom.

Circle 4

Leader: Candy Parks

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Circle 4 is a group of mostly retired, caring, Christian women who meet monthly September through May on the second Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall at First Presbyterian Church.  Our meetings consist of a meaningful, interactive Bible Study, Circle business, support of local missions and lively fellowship.  In addition to our meetings, we stay connected through various means – a phone tree, email, and written communication – to share personal experiences, joys, and concerns.  We cheerfully and eagerly invite ladies from all seasons of life to join our Circle 4 family.

Circle 6

Leaders: Sue Cammann, Brenda Johnson

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Circle 6 is a diverse and congenial group of individuals who meet at 6:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Board Room at Glenaire. Our location is especially ideal for church members from Cary, Apex, and west Raleigh. A period of fellowship and sharing of prayer concerns is followed by a brief business meeting and concludes with our Bible lesson.  We incorporate a significant amount of group discussion as we explore the Scriptures together. Circle 6 is one of the “hidden treasures” of our church with a wealth of experience, wisdom and, most important of all, Christian love to share.  We welcome new members of any age.  Come join us!

Circle 8

Leaders: Beth Haupt, Linda Armstrong

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Circle 8 invites you to join us for fellowship, Bible Study and to help us support the local missions Circle members have chosen as projects. Our Circle is comprised of single and married women of all ages, working and retired, and meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the homes of members. Monthly meetings include a Bible Study and a short business meeting, with dessert or dinner coordinated by members who have volunteered to serve as hostesses and co-hostesses.  We also enjoy a delicious pot-luck dinner in February when husbands and friends join us for fellowship.  We actively support community mission projects each year, including Loaves and Fishes Ministry for Children, Backpack Buddies and the Lineberger Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina. In June, as an end-of-year celebration, the members of Circle 8 enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

Circle 9

Leaders: Elizabeth Sparrow and Edna Hensey

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Circle 9 is a wonderful group of women that range in age from young 30’s to young 70’s. We enjoy learning and laughing together, as well as providing prayer support during hard times. Our Sunday evening meeting time is convenient for those who work during the day and/or have children who are involved in FPC’s Sunday Night Youth and Children Programs. We meet on the second Sunday evening of the month from 5:30-7:00 during the months of September-April with a special meal out in May. Through this April we will use a hybrid meeting model. Those who can attend in person are invited to join us in the Lisa Ham Gathering Space at First Presbyterian Church. We will simultaneously have a Zoom meeting open for those who are travelling or prefer to join us remotely. Our meetings include a light dinner, an inspirational Bible Study and discussion, and a short business meeting including updates on our missions and service projects. We warmly welcome visitors and new Circle members—come join us!

Circle 10

Leaders: Margaret and Charles Peacock

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Circle 10 is a Couples Circle started in 2003. We meet monthly in members’ homes from September through May for covered dish dinner and PW Bible Study.  Normally meetings are held the second week of the month on Friday or Saturday.  We select projects to support each year, and these may be international as well as locally identified needs. We feel we are an intimate, sharing group that enjoys gourmet dinners. We offer something special to couples who want to meet together with a common purpose and enjoy activities with other couples.


To Join a Circle

To join one of the circles or for further information about a Circle, contact:

Linda Armstrong
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Or Call: (919) 607-5758
Note: Circles 1, 2 ,3 , 5, 7 and 11 dissolved.

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  • Circle Pledge or Project Donations
    (Circles: 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10)