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

Save the Dates

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 meetings: Wednesday, February 12 and 26
   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.

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

Women at Fourth Retreat: “Compassion”

   Saturday, March 28
   8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
   Anderson Hall

   Cost: $15 (Lunch will be provided)

Register with Anne Ellis (aellis@fourthchurch.org; 312.573.3369)

What does “compassion” mean for you? How do you see it in your life? How do you practice it?

Join us in March to share stories, and to learn and connect with each other through speakers, workshops, worship, and fellowship.

Speakers for the retreat:

  • Laura Lee Larson, discussing compassion for others and ourselves
  • Nanette Sawyer, leading a discussion from her book Hospitality: The Sacred Art
  • Mp Abbott, leading chair yoga and guided meditation

Invite a friend! Invite a neighbor! Space is limited, so register soon.

Maripat (Mp) Abbott’s mission is to help people achieve and maintain a profound sense of peace in this age of escalating cultural noise and conflict. She does this through her business More Peace Life Coaching, which also includes teaching yoga and meditation.

Jeannine Forrest, Founder of Through the Forrest (www.throughtheforrest.com) provides education, guidance and support for family caregivers and healthcare organizations impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Jeannine is also a Stephen Minister and Leader at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. 

Laura Lee Larson (www.drlauraleelarson.com) is known professionally for her work helping individuals and teams become their best. She is a certified practitioner in several leadership programs. She has worked with clients such as Red Bull, Kellogg’s, Reynolds Brands, and several other associations and groups.

Nanette Sawyer is the Associate Pastor for Discipleship & Small Group Ministry at Fourth Church.  She is also trained as a spiritual director and is the author of Hospitality: The Sacred Art, Skylight Paths (2008).

2019–2020 Gatherings

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

  • 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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Save the Dates

Presbyterian Women at Presbytery of Chicago

   Saturday April 25, 2020
   9:00a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
   Ravenswood Presbyterian Church (4300 N. Hermitage Ave.)

This event will be based on the Horizons Bible Study of the ten words, “Thou shall have no other gods before me.” We will discuss our priorities in life, as well as decluttering our minds, our lives, and our homes, and putting God first. We will have lunch and a worship service; more information on speakers and cost will follow.

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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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