Women at Fourth

Women at Fourth is a community of women at Fourth Presbyterian Church who care for and nurture each other, deepening relationships with one another and with God through ongoing programming and special events. This fellowship group offers opportunities for women to connect through participation in service projects, faith-building gatherings, and more!

To learn more about how you can become involved in Women at Fourth or to sign up for the monthly email newsletter, contact staff liaison Anne Ellis (312.573.3369). All women at Fourth Church are invited to join Women at Fourth!

Blue Bow Campaign

Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups

Women at Fourth Events

Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth
   Benevolent Guild
   Books by Women
   Knitting and Crocheting

Women at Fourth Annual Projects and Program

Child Abuse Awareness: Resources and Hotlines

Prayer Support



Blue Bow Campaign

Help us recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

Since 1989, millions of people have joined in displaying and wearing blue bows during the month of April to raise awareness for the observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Women at Fourth urges you to join in making a difference in the lives of our country's most precious resource. See below for ways you can get involved.

Click here for a list of child abuse awareness resources.

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Women at Fourth Bible Study Groups

   Horizons: A Monthly Women's Bible Study
   Second and fourth Wednesday of each month
   Next meeting: Wednesday, October 23
   12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
   Room 5H in the Gratz Center

Interested in taking part in a Bible study that has been field tested by women's groups all over the country? Join us for a bi-monthly women's Bible study, offered through Women at Fourth, based on the guide from Horizons magazine.

This month we will explore the Third Word in the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, or “Don't Trivialize or Make Mischief with My Name.” We will discuss the power of God's name and our call to use it rightly. Bible readings for the October meetings are Exodus 20:7 and Matthew 7:21-32.

Please join us on Wednesday (and as often as you can), as we take a new look at the “old” Ten Commandments, the choices we must make as a community, and the moral responsibility that comes with being God's children.

Please join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Contact Anne Ellis for more information.

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Upcoming Women at Fourth Events

September Gathering: The Church in a New Day

   Thursday, September 26
   5:30 p.m.
   Bumpus Room

Fall is here, and we’re ready to gather for Women at Fourth! Please join us for our gathering on Thursday, September 26.

Snacks and drinks will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the program will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bring a snack or a bottle of wine to share, if you can. Soft drinks and coffee will be provided.

This month, Shannon Kershner will be our guest speaker, as she joins us to discuss “The Church (big C) in a New Day,” a great topic to kick off our new year. As we look at the Church’s past (not just that of Fourth Church), present, and future, what do we notice? What are the shifts in which we are living? What might be around the corner? Come and wonder about what God might be doing in and among us.

We will also continue to focus on the Meals Ministry by collecting snack donations. We hope to make regular contributions of snack items (individual packs of chips, fruit cups, crackers, and applesauce).

We’ve also been asked to donate greeting cards for the Sunday Night Supper guests to use. This is a good way for Sunday Night Supper guests to reach out to their families and friends with birthday cards, “thinking of you” cards, holiday, sympathy, “get well,” and encouragement cards (rather than blank cards).

Please consider donating postage stamps as well, and bring whatever else you can on Thursday!

Domestic Violence Awareness Bow Tying

   Friday, October 4
   10:00 a.m.
   Michigan Avenue

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and again this year Women at Fourth will join Between Friends Chicago to create a visual reminder on Michigan Avenue and call attention to this important issue.

Come help us tie purple bows on the trees along Michigan Avenue outside the Fourth Church cloisters. Contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369) if you can help.

2019–2020 Gatherings

What a year this is going to be! Upcoming Women at Fourth meetings will include

  • an evening of chair yoga with Mp Abbott
  • a conversation with Lucy Forster-Smith
  • a round-table on “Weathering the Storm”
  • a potluck dinner off-site
  • the ever-popular jewelry swap
  • the much-anticipated return of John Sherer (this time with his Titanic presentation)
  • and more!

The topics will be varied and interesting, and we have service projects lined up, as well as a retreat in March. So please mark your calendars and join us on the fourth Thursday of each month for thought-provoking discussions, fun activities, service to our community, and fellowship.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Ongoing Groups of Women at Fourth

Benevolent Guild
   Wednesdays at 9:30–11:30 a.m.
   Room 5B in the Gratz Center

Do you have some time to share on Wednesday mornings? The Benevolent Guild invites you to join them in the fun of creating handmade stuffed animals for children in hospitals and shelters and taggies for infants in the NICU at Lurie Children’s Hospital (no sewing experience necessary!).

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

Books by Women
   Second Tuesdays from 6:00–7:15 p.m.
   September through June
   Bumpus Room in the Gratz Center

Details and a reading list are available here.

Knitting and Crocheting
   Fourth Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
   Room 4F in the Gratz Center

Join this active group of women who knit and crochet items for those in need (items such as hats and scarves for adults and children, children’s pajamas and clothes, baby booties and crib caps, lap robes, and more). The group is designed to accommodate individuals’ own schedules, allowing participants to drop in for as much or as little of each gathering as they’d like.

The group meets at Fourth Church for a time of fellowship, to drop off items they have completed, and to pick up yarn and material for new projects. Items are then donated to children and families in shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes.

For more information, please contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).

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Prayer Support

In need of prayer support? Share your prayer requests of joy or concern
with our Fourth Church Women's prayer circle. Email prayer requests
to 4thwomenpray@gmail.com 

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