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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.


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

Circle 4

Leaders: Susan Johnson, Connie Grant

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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 (or by Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic). Our meetings consist of a meaningful, interactive Bible Study, Circle business, support of local missions and lively fellowship. We stay connected during this unprecedented pandemic through various means – a
phone tree, email, 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 at Glenaire (or by Zoom during the pandemic). 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: Kathie Cheatham, 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 (or by Zoom during the pandemic). Monthly meetings include a Bible Study and a short business meeting, with dessert 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 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 ladies 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 in the Lisa Ham Gathering Space at First Presbyterian Church during the months of September-April (or by Zoom meeting during the pandemic). In May we meet for dinner out at a local restaurant for a special evening of Christian fellowship. 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 (or by Zoom meeting during the pandemic). 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.

Circle 11

Leader: Julene McPhaul

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Circle 11 is an E-mail circle for busy women whose schedule is full to overflowing and cannot be part of a group that meets physically in the presence of other women. This circle offers a path to be able to spiritually be with other PW Circles as they study a Horizons Bible Study each year. This is also available for anyone who is homebound temporarily for whatever reason. Members will receive all PW information shared with regular circles and Bible lessons are prepared and sent monthly to circle members by a Circle Bible Teacher. Should a member make monetary contributions toward the support of PW activities, these would be sent to the PW Treasurer and marked accordingly. Members are always invited to attend the W General Meetings held at the church during the year and to participate in all activities that will fit personal schedules. Unique? Yes, it is a 21st Century concept that keeps members a part of FPC PW by enabling them to participate on their own schedule when the time is most convenient to the individual members. If you are looking for a circle, we invite you to consider Circle 11.

May 2021 Circle Meetings

    • Circle 4
      Monday, May 10, 10:30 am Zoom 
    • Circle 6
      Monday, May 10, 6:00 pm Zoom
    • Circle 8
      Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 pm Zoom 
    • Circle 9
      Monday, May 10, 5:30 pm 
      Meet in person for supper. (Location to be announced, Note change in day)
    • Circle 10
      Saturday, May 8, 7:00 pm Zoom

Circle leaders will email Zoom links to members ahead of time.

To Join a Circle

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

Margaret Peacock
PW Membership Communicator
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Or Call: (919) 819-2009
Note: Circles 1, 2 ,3 , 5 and 7 dissolved.

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Donations to PW

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