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!

Gathering Together Online

Blue Bow Campaign and Child Abuse Prevention

Child Abuse Awareness: Resources and Hotlines

Prayer Support


Gathering Together Online

Though we aren't meeting in person at this time, we hope you'll join us online!

Benevolent Guild has continued to meet at 10:00 a.m. every other Wednesday via Zoom. The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 8. Contact Anne Ellis for more information.

Horizons Bible Study has been meeting on Zoom at 12:00 noon on on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Horizons Bible study on “Finding Blessings in God's Delays” continues on Wednesday, July 8 with the study of “The Unnamed Bleeding Woman: Healing from the Inside Out.” Contact Anne Ellis for more information.

Books by Women took a break in April but resumed meeting in May via Zoom. Meetings take place on second Tuesdays of the month from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Contact Anne Ellis for more information. Details and a reading list are available here.

Knitting and Crocheting is taking a break from meeting and from sending out materials as we wait to hear what different agencies need. Many knitters are continuing to work on their own.

Women at Fourth’s monthly gatherings are suspended for the time being. Though the April retreat was postponed, many of you will remember from last fall the session on chair yoga. Mp Abbott is offering people the opportunity to take part in chair yoga virtually. Info is here on her website. No need to RSVP; on a Zoom platform, there's plenty of room!


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.

Each spring, blue bows have been our reminder—and our public witness—that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

Although the annual Blue Bows Interfaith Prayer Service—and the press conference and the bow tying that typically follow—were not able to be held this year, we remain deeply concerned about the tragedies of child abuse and, in these days, the painful situations that many find themselves in as they are confined at home with those who abuse them.

We hold in our prayers all those affected by domestic violence and lift up the efforts of those working to address and prevent this violence.

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic violence issues, there is a toll-free Illinois State hotline available 24 hours a day to receive confidential calls about domestic violence: 1.877.TO.END.DV (1.877.863.6338, voice) or 1.877.863.6339 (TTY).

Thompson Center Art Exhibit Goes Digital

Since Illinois is under a stay-at-home order, one of our favorite Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, The Kids In Care and Those Who Care Art Exhibit at the Thompson Center in Chicago, had to be canceled. However, if we can't bring you to the art exhibit, we'll bring the art exhibit to you!

See the amazing artwork in these videos:

Virtual Art Display | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3


Prevent Child Abuse American Virtual Town Hall

On Friday, April 17, Prevent Child Abuse America President and CEO Melissa Merrick held a live town hall to discuss the importance of supporting children and families socially and emotionally during this month (and throughout the year) and also answered viewer questions.

See the entire town hall by clicking here.

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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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