Scroll down for information about PWA (Presbyterian Women’s Association), read on for recent events.
Upcoming events to look forward to:
Presbytery Group Rally’s – see the event calendar for details for 2019.
2020 events will be added to the calendar as information is available.
Be Creative Camp 2019:
This camp ran from 8-10 November 2019, read below Jackie Reiner’s (PWA president) report:
Around 90 women from all over the state attended enjoying a variety of craft activities at The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops from 6.00pm Friday, 8th November to lunch on Sunday 10th November 2019. Attendance for Saturday only was taken up by a number of ladies. The tutors provide patterns and kits for each participant. Campers can bring their own “work in progress” and skip the groups. While there were some complicated crafts that needed some level of talent or experience, there were also some very simple ones that were easy to pick up and master. Camp organisers try to have a mix of difficulties of crafts.
Fiona Oates gave three Bible Talks from James Ch1 & 2. Her devotions which were well received. Each session included prayer and praise accompanied by a great band. There is always a Christian Book Stall with Bibles, Christian Books, diaries and gifts for sale.
As each person attends a variety of workshops you have the opportunity to get to know many ladies and enjoy fellowship each year. Some ladies keeping in touch during the year, and travelling to camp together and sharing accommodation. We have a lot of fun and there is no cooking!
Whether you are a “crafty” person or not there is an activity for everyone. Saturday Hazel Nisbet leads a wildflower appreciation walk in the adjacent bush. This year was the first time I had joined the walk and we enjoyed beautiful ocean views from local look outs.
PWA Federal Conference and Outing 2019
A very relaxed Conference was held on the Monday, Anna Moss brought us devotions “Getting plugged into God’s Word,” and also spoke of her role Women’s Facilitator in NSW. She gave the address entitled “Women After God’s Own Heart”. The Moderator dedicated the incoming executive and addressed us. After lunch the Moderator Elect and his wife addressed us. Kevin Murray brought some International Guests who were here for the Assembly to speak to us. A couple from the PIM Mungo Patrol spoke to us about the sufferings in country towns due to the drought. The outing on the Wednesday to Manly was most enjoyable with excellent weather.
The photos below show the new executive and the group on the outing to Manly.
52nd and Final PWA Study Camp: 5 to 8 March 2018.
The final Study Camp was a wonderful time of study of God’s Word and fellowship with Christian women. Please read the report from the camp convener Betty Minter by clicking here.
The fun included a mini concert from the camp committee along with reminiscing with camp photos from over 30 camps.
Presbyterian Women’s Association
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.
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 is focused on social services. This includes helping, through prayer, hands on help and financial support, our Aged Care services and Allowah Hospital. They run, throughout the year, Park Patrol providing lunches and other items for homeless in the Sydney parks.
- 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 Women’s Ministry Committee
The PWA State Conference in July 2011 agreed to support the formation of the Women’s Ministry Task Force (which has subsequently transitioned in 2017 to the Women’s Ministry Committee) and to work with this Committee to promote a unified approach to Women’s Ministry in the Presbyterian Church in NSW.
To find out more about the PWA: