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The purpose of the Women of the Church is to glorify God. We provide avenues for personal spiritual growth and the development of spiritual gifts, expressing our God-given commission through fellowship, encouragement, prayer support, and care and assistance in time of need; thus equipping and touching the lives of women who in like manner share the love of Christ with families, the community, the nation, and the world.

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Upcoming Event

Christmas Coffee—December 6, 2022

All women are invited to attend the Women's Christmas Coffee on Tuesday, December 6 at 11:00am in Jackson Hall. This event is hosted by the Women of the Church. No registration is necessary to attend. If childcare is needed in order to attend this event, please register by December 2 at noon by clicking or tapping here.

During this event, we will take up the White Cross Offering. The White Cross Offering goes to the White Cross Project at World Witness for medical needs in Pakistan. Please consider making a donation to this worthwhile cause at the Christmas Coffee.

Annual Events

Thanksgiving for Missions Program & Dinner—September 20, 2022

Christmas Coffee—December 6, 2022

Prayer Time for Missions & Jubilee Birthday Lunch—March 21, 2023

General Meeting, Bonclarken Boutique, & Salad Day Lunch—May 16, 2023

Circle Groups 

September through May
Monthly groups that meet for Bible study, fellowship, service, and prayer. Our 16 Circles are organized through the Women of the Church and meet both at the church and regionally.

Anyone wishing to join a circle, please check the list below to see which suits your schedule best, and then just come! Circle meeting locations are listed each month in First Things.

Circle 1- Chair: Reva Davenport

Meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the homes of members or at the church. A small fun-loving group of seniors who sometimes go out to lunch together after their meeting. Their project is the Cooperative Ministry. 

Circle 2- Chair: Beth McMaster

Meets on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. in the homes of members. They also meet twice a year for dinner. This large group of ladies is generally from downtown Columbia. They are empty nesters with growing numbers of grandchildren. Year-round emails get the group praying or assisting families in need. They prepare home-cooked meals for the church's monthly college lunches.

Circle 3- Chair: Tammy Johnson

Meets on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. in Lafitte Parlor of Jackson Hall. These ladies are mostly retired seniors who love the Lord and each other. They thrive on praying for their missionaries and one another. The group supports Lifeline Children's Services. 

Circle 4 (Young Women)- Chair: Jane Eliza Chisholm

Meets on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the homes of members. These ladies are primarily young professional women who often enjoy fellowship before or after meeting. They help assemble gift baskets for the Pearls Ministry.

Circle 5 (Evening Fellowship)- Chair: Caroline Wright

Meets on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in the WOC Room 201 of The Bridge. Circle 5 is a small group of ladies of all ages. The meeting time is suited for those who work downtown, but all are welcome. After the monthly Bible study, the ladies focus on prayer requests. Their project is Serving the Servers (Sextons, Security and Kitchen Staff of First Presbyterian).

Circle 6- Chair: Donna Wheeler

Meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the homes of members. This circle is made up of a couple dozen "seasoned saints" who pray for and encourage each other. Their circle project is Young Life. They also support the nursing program at the Christian Hospital Sahiwal, Pakistan.

Circle 7 (Young Mothers)- Co-Chairs: Sarah Neely and Mandy Martin

Meets on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. in Wardlaw Auditorium Parlor of the Education Building. This circle is traditionally for young mothers with nursery and preschool childcare available. The circle project is the church's Foster Care Resource Closet

Circle 8- Co-Chairs: Margaret Cease and Carolyn Taylor

Meets on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. in Lafitte Parlor of Jackson Hall (or Zoom option). Circle 8 members range in age from the mid-fifties all the way to the mid-nineties. Their visitation committee includes two honorary member therapy dogs. The circle's project is Harvest Hope Food Bank for which they collect food each fall and spring.

Circle 9 (Toby's Place)- Chair: Laurie Cannon

Meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Toby's Place (5938 Two Notch Road, Columbia). Circle 9 is unique in that it meets at the location of its project, Toby's Place, a shelter for homeless women and their children. Circle meetings include WOC ladies of all ages along with shelter residents. Circle members have learned their role is simply to show the residents the love of Jesus through Bible study and prayer. Circle members also help out with the shelter's food "wish lists". 

Circle 10 (Heart and Hand)- Co-Chairs: Dale Eichelberger and Jane Barnhill

Meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the WOC Room 201 of The Bridge. Circle 10 is the Heart and Hand Circle. Ladies in this circle make Pressure Point Pillows to give to anyone who could derive comfort from one due to surgery, hospitalization, cancer treatment or isolation. 

Circle 11 (Lunch Fellowship)- Chair: Rachel Cockrell

Meets on Tuesdays at noon in the Small Dining Room in Jackson Hall. Circle 11 is the Lunch Fellowship Circle. The FPC Kitchen provides the lunch and members pay $7 for their meals. The circle's project is Ministry of Outreach to Slavic Tribes. The circle provides prayers, financial assistance and supplies for this ministry. 

Circle 12 (Evening Fellowship)- Chair: Susan Gibson

Meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the WOC Room 201 of The Bridge. Circle 12 is the Evening Fellowship Circle and is a growing group of ladies. The group enjoys fellowship prior to Bible study and prayer. They have established a strong email contact system to pray for one another. Circle projects are Camp Joy and making desserts for the College Lunch Ministry.

Circle 13 (Irmo)- Chair: Katie Currier

Meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the homes of members in the Irmo area. Members range from age 50 to age 70 but the group welcomes younger members. After Bible study, the ladies pray with prayer partners. Lunch is served at the end of each meeting. The group's project is gift bags for A Moment of Hope. Some of the members knit booties, hats, and baby blankets to include in the bags. 

Circle 14 (Northeast)- Chair: Emily Thomas

Meets on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the homes of members in the Northeast Columbia and Blythewood area. Members range in age from 30-something to granny-something. Their project is Child Evangelism Fellowship. In our big church, this circle provides a place to serve, love, and encourage each other unto the Lord. 

Circle 15 (Laurel Crest)- Chair: Anne Wenger

Meets on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. in the Laurel Crest Living Room. Circle 15 is the Laurel Crest circle. Most of the members are Laurel Crest residents, and others are welcome. The circle project is helping to support the Laurel Crest Ladies Ministry.

Circle 16 (Lexington)- Chair: Betsy Dacus

Meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. at Betsy Dacus' home. Circle 16 is designed from ladies in the Lexington area. The circle has members of a variety of ages. Their project is A Moment of Hope.