Women give their Time, Talent, and Treasure to support Child Inc. through February, 2023
The Episcopal Church Women at SsAM wants you to join them in supporting Child, Inc., an agency that has a number of shelters for women escaping domestic violence. We have been asked to help provide cell phones and $25.00 gift cards to activate the phones. The women need these phones to escape from being found by the abusive partner as well as to have the ability to contact family members, court personnel, etc.
In-Person Meetings are at 10am on Second Saturdays
The Episcopal Church Women Ministry at SsAM meet in person on at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at the church. The history of “women’s work” in the Episcopal Church in the United States began during colonial times (around 1655). But this work was not formalized officially until the General Convention of the Church in 1871, with the following mission:
The mission of the National Episcopal Church Women is to provide services to women and girls around the globe and to champion human rights and equality for all people since 1871.”
Episcopal Church Women’s Ministry of SsAM
Update On Women’s Projects
March – December, 2022
In 2022, the ECW ministry, after much discussion and investigation, pledged to support organizations which offer direct services to women, children and families in distress. We identified two organizations to support this year.
YWCA Homelife Management Center
We provided “welcome home baskets” for the families who have completed the family management program and are moving into a permanent housing situation. The contents of each laundry basket contained the following items: laundry detergent, dish detergent, bath soap, toilet brush, toilet tissue, paper towels, bathroom cleaner, kitchen cleaner, light bulbs, AA batteries and small tool kit at a cost of $56.00 per basket for a total cost of $560.00. The goal was 10 baskets and we completed that goal. A huge debt of gratitude and thanks goes to all who contributed to this project!
We provided cell phones with $25 gift cards and female underwear (all sizes). These items are much needed and essential for women and their children who have had to leave their homes due to domestic violence. We purchased and/or received directly) and delivered 10 cell phones w/$25.00 gift cards for a total of $650.00. In addition, we purchased and/or received a total of 31 packs of underwear from donations and purchases for a total of $248.00.
The Child, Inc. campaign will begin again in January, 2023 and run until February 28, 2023. We are hoping to reach our goal of 25 cell phones and cards as well as 75 packs of women’s undees to donate to this organization.
ECW sincerely thanks everyone who generously participated in our projects and we wish all of you a blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Home of the Brave
This program for homeless female veterans is a diocesan-wide annual project of the Episcopal Church Women’s in Delaware. On October 15, 2022, the ECW of SsAM delivered 69 rolls of toilet tissues, 144 rolls of paper towels, 1 lg. container of liquid Tide, 1 lg container of Purex, 9 twin sheet sets, 2 pillows, 4 lg. towels, 6 sm towels, 5 face cloths and 4 gift cards totaling $175.00. It is estimated that the total value of SsAM’s ECW contribution amounted to $850.00.
Both the receiving organizations and the ECW of SsAM thank all who contributed to these worthwhile efforts.
Pat Hampton, project coordinator
Mary Lou Edgar
Peggy Shane (in memory)
Ernestine Brock-Walker, ECW president
“Almighty god, we pray that you will bless our work in mission and ministry in our world. Help us to pray fervently, labor diligently, and give liberally to make known the power of your love given through you son, Jesus Christ. Let us not forget the lessons of the past, nor fear the challenges of the future. Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts as we reflect your light throughout the world.” Amen
—National Prayer recited at all ECW Meetings
The concept of Episcopal Church Women as an organization/ministry began in 1871 at the General Convention. One Hundred and Twenty-five years later in 1985, the Triennial Meeting adopted by laws forming Episcopal Church Women, Episcopal Church USA.
The local chapters of Episcopal Church Women, Episcopal Church USA were known as the Women of St. Andrews at St. Andrews and as the Episcopal Church Women Organization at St Matthews. The Episcopal Church Women Ministry continues today at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew. We continue the historic tradition of working collaboratively with women’s organizations, programs, and ministry groups within and outside the Church, as well as with global and local networks of women. We work for transformation of the world, the church, and our own lives in Christ. Our purpose is to provide spiritual, devotional, and social activities for the members of the ECW, the members of SsAM, and the community at large.
As of November, 2022, the officers and active members of the Episcopal Church Women Ministry at SsAM are:
Ernestine Brock-Walker, President
June Knight, Vice President
Mary Morgan, Treasurer
Patricia Griffin, Correspondence Secretary
Current Active Members:
Mary Lou Edgar
Become an Active Member!
Women must be at least 16 years of age, attend a minimum of 6 consecutive meetings, and participate in ECW projects. Meetings are held the second Saturday of the month beginning in January and ending in June. Active members are eligible to hold office in the ECW Ministry.
2019 Christmas Luncheon of the Episcopal Church Women. Our theme was “Mary the mother of Jesus was a refugee”.
For more information and to become involved, please contact us.