PWA

Recent events:

PWA Annual Conference: 3 to 5 July 2017 and Information Session, Report to Assembly and Outing.

PWA State Secretary Sylvia Johnson reports: Our Guest Speaker Glenda Burke, wife of the new Moderator spoke very well about her time in Singapore and what it is like to be a stranger in a different culture and gave us some insight into how new migrants to Australia might be feeling.  Just adjusting to simple customs eg how to do the washing up were mentioned. Our numbers were down on last year, which was a little disappointing only 88 compared to 110 last year. 

On Tuesday at our sharing day, Glenda Summerville from Kempsey spoke about Prison Fellowship. This is a ministry she is involved in to female prison inmates.  She visits regularly or writes letters to girls who have requested this and also helps with a Chapel service.  She was passionate about her subject and lots of questions were asked and answered. (28 attended).  In the afternoon Barbara Clark presented her report to the Assembly, which was well received. Some memories from the day –

On Wednesday 28 ladies travelled by  coach to Penrith Presbyterian church for a delicious lunch provided by the Penrith PWA ladies, then we went and had a 2 hour guided tour of the Museum of Fire at Penrith. Our Guide, Mark was excellent and there was lots to see and he also included a talk on fire safety. From all reports the ladies thoroughly enjoyed it.

PWA Mission Statement

PWA are a state-wide network of Christian women supporting our Church’s Ministries, participating in the wider work of Christ through inter-church and community bodies.

Organisational Structure

The General Assembly has ultimate oversight over the PWA.

The PWA State Council comprises Representatives of all PWA Committees and other organisations with which the PWA is involved, Presbytery Group Representatives and other elective members (approximately 50 members).

Standing and Special Committees

  • The Christian Education Committee organises TIMEOUT study days, Letterbox lessons,
    Devotional material for use in Branches, and the “Be Creative” Craft Camp.
  • The Home Mission and Church Extension Committee supports the work of the Ministry and Mission Committee through prayer, encouragement and monetary funds for Theological students, wives and families of graduating students, Home missionaries, Church planting, Cross cultural ministries and struggling churches.
  • The Dorcas Committee supports the work of the Social Services and Aged Care Committees through prayer and financial support for Park Patrol, Allowah Hospital, and Aged Care.
  • The PWMU (Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union) Committee supports the work
    of Australian Presbyterian World Mission through prayer, encouragement and financial support for NSW Presbyterian Missionaries.
  • The Market Committee organises the Annual Presbyterian Market which provides funds for a specific project within the NSW Presbyterian Church each year.
  • The Heritage Committee collects, protects and restores items of Church historical interest for future generations. It promotes and supports the work of the Ferguson Library.
  • The Camp Committee is a sub committee of the State Council and organises the Annual PWA Study Camp.

The PWA Branch is a group of women in the local Presbyterian Church who meet regularly for devotions, prayer, fellowship, mutual support and inspiration. They work in the congregation, under the authority of the Session, for the needs and interests of the local Church and for the wider enterprises of the Presbyterian Church PWA Branches are organised into Presbytery Groups which align with Church Presbyteries. Each Presbytery Group has an elected Presbytery Group Representative who is the liaison between the Branches and the State Council. She also organises the Presbytery Group Rally which is an opportunity for all Branches within the Presbytery Group to meet together.

LINK TO W.M.T.F.
The PWA State Conference in July 2011 agreed to support the formation of the Women’s Ministry Task Force and to work with this Task Force to promote a unified approach to Women’s Ministry in the Presbyterian Church in NSW.

To find out more about the PWA:
www.pwansw.org.au

Upcoming events to look forward to:

Presbytery Group Rally’s – see the event calendar for details of those still to come this year.