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!

Groups Meeting Online

August Gathering

School Supply Drive

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. 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. Contact Anne Ellis for more information.

Books by Women meets via Zoom 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.

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August Gathering: Cherished Possessions

Join Women at Fourth Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m. for virtual connection and conversation!

These days most of us aren't receiving many visitors to our homes or calling on friends, so we miss out on seeing the objects others have displayed in their homes, as well as sharing our own.

So when we gather this month, show us one of your cherished possessions, whatever it may be. Maybe it’s a special photo, a work of art, a souvenir from a memorable trip, or a family heirloom.

We want to hear each other’s stories, to reminisce a bit, and to share a piece of who we are. If you cannot join the meeting with a video connection, then tell us the story of your object. We’re ready to listen!

Contact Anne Ellis for Zoom meeting information.

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Our annual School Supply Drive is underway—and this year it’s virtual!

We’ve asked Chicago Lights Tutoring, Summer Day, and the Urban Farm to let us know what they need for their students both to support the work they’re doing this summer and to prepare for the start of a new school year.

They have put together Amazon Wish Lists so that you can purchase the needed supplies and have them sent directly to these Chicago Lights programs.

To donate supplies to Tutoring and Summer Day, click here.
The deadline to donate is August 21.

At checkout, have Tutoring and Summer Day donations sent to

Fernie Tiflis
Chicago Lights Tutoring and Summer Day
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611

To donate supplies to the Urban Farm, click here.

At checkout, have Urban Farm donations sent to

Ben Jaffe
Chicago Lights Urban Farm
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611

We are also happy to take financial donations!
To make your donation online, visit www.fourthchurch.org/give-online and select “Congregational Life” from the drop down menu, and enter “School Supplies” in the comment section. Checks should be made payable to Fourth Presbyterian Church, with “School Supplies” in the memo line.

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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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