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

Horizons Bible Study

Monthly Virtual Gathering

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.

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 has resumed meetings, now via Zoom. Bring your knitting or crocheting, show off your finished items, bring your latest news, and chat for a bit. Contact Anne Ellis for more information. 

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Horizons: A Monthly Women’s Bible Study

   Second and fourth Wednesday of each month
   12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
   Meeting takes place on Zoom

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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March Gathering: “Rise Up”

Thursday, March 25
6:00–7:15 p.m.

Our Women at Fourth March Gathering, titled “Rise Up,” will take place Thursday, March 25 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Join us via Zoom for an evening to anticipate Easter and welcome in spring. Contact Anne Ellis for Zoom information.

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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.

Blue Bows 2021

We will be observing Blue Bows—Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month—in 2021 by tying ribbons on the fence at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Chestnut Street. These will remain up during the month of April.

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, the organization we partner with each year to recognize Blue Bows, has as its theme this year “Chicago Goes Blue for Child Abuse Prevention—Creating Resiliency for Children and Families.”


Virtual Workshop
In Their Shoes: Building Empathy for Those Experiencing
    Harm in Relationships

Tuesday, March 23
2:30 p.m.

Register online here.

In recognition of the close correlation between domestic violence and child abuse, we encourage you to take part in a workshop offered tomorrow afternoon by our partner in Domestic Violence Awareness events, Between Friends.

In Their Shoes is an experiential activity that allows participants to walk in the shoes of a survivor. Participants are arranged in small groups and use Google documents on their own computers to read the story of a survivor and navigate their way through the experience—moving, acting, thinking, and making choices as if they are a person in an unsafe or harmful relationship.

Please note that this activity can be emotionally triggering. Have on hand water, tea, or any other item that will comfort or ground you. if you need to talk. support via Zoom or telephone will be available during the event.

Activity Facilitators: Susan Pieters (Between Friends Adult Education Coordinator) and Cam Beltran (Between Friends Art Therapy Intern).


World Day for Child Sex Abuse Prevention, Healing, and Justice

Thursday, April 8

Register online here.

This free symposium sponsored by Harvard University provides participants with a unique opportunity to engage with scholars, public health and mental health care professionals, child abuse prevention experts, and religious leaders from diverse faith traditions to share experiences, discover new resources, and identify strategies they can implement to prevent child sexual abuse and foster healing for survivors of abuse in their communities.


Wear Blue Day

Friday, April 9

In keeping with this year's theme, “Chicago Goes Blue for Child Abuse Prevention—Creating Resiliency for Children and Families,” we encourage you to take part in Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 9.

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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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