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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.

2022 Thank Offering of Presbyterian Women: “Always seek to do good to one another and to all” (1 Thessalonians 5:15b)

In 2022, the Creative Ministries Offering Committee of Presbyterian Women reviewed 24 Thank Offering applications and selected 10 projects for funding. Eight of the projects serve people in the United States and two are international.

One of the eight U.S. projects was from the Presbytery of New Hope! The Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women’s Reentry Project (WRP) of Raleigh received a $50,000 grant. This grant will help fund three forms of subsidized housing: Bridge Housing upon release from prison; Stable Supportive Housing for 12-18 months; and Independent Housing, for those who continue in the program as nonresidents.

To see a complete list of Thank Offering recipients or donate, please visit:

PW Christmas Special Giving Project

Presbyterian Women traditionally support a special project during the Christmas season. Click HERE to learn more about this year’s project. 


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 2022. If COVID-19 pandemic conditions deteriorate, Circles may change their meetings to Zoom and will notify members accordingly.

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 1:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Board Room at Glenaire. These women meet in person + via Zoom to accommodate varying participation needs. 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: Linda Armstrong , Ginger Finley

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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 usually meets at 6:00 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, we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.

Circle 9

Leaders: Edna Hensey and Elizabeth Sparrow

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Circle 9 is a wonderful group of women that range in age from young 30s to young 80s. 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 at FPC (Lisa Ham Gathering Space) on the second Sunday of the month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. during the months of September-April with a special meal out in May. 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 a covered dish meal and PW Bible Study. Normally meetings are held the second week of the month on Friday or Saturday for dinner and occasionally for lunch. We select one or more international and/or local projects to support each year. Bible study leadership and hosting are shared among the members.


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)