In-Person Meetings Have Resumed!
10am on Second Saturdays
The Episcopal Church Women Ministry at SsAM has resumed meeting 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.”
March 2022 — Working With YWCA Homelife Management Center and Child, Inc.
As March is Women’s History Month, our members have voted to establish a sustainable relationship with two agencies whose purposes align with our mission — YWCA Homelife Management Center and Child, Inc. The YWCA Homelife Management Center was established to take a holistic approach to providing resources, services and housing to clients (women, children, families), and prepare them for home ownership and independence. Child, Inc. provides a safe temporary place for women and children suffering from all types of abuse, on a temporary basic; advocates for parent/child reunification through the courts; offers parenting classes and works with run-away children.
Our church’s relationships with these two agencies will be two-fold — direct service/support and advocacy. Our involvement with these agencies will also give SsAM broader opportunities to minister to the needs of our neighbors.
- Workshop, March 7, 2020, “The Influence of Women in the Church – Past, Present and Future.” We presented a brief history of ECW and facilitated “table talk” sessions. The energy and interest was high and we intend to re-gather in 2021.
- Lutheran Community Services Food Bank— collected items from January through April.
- St. Michael’s Nursery and Day School — a small financial contribution to their work.
- The Way Home: A organization supporting re-entry for the recently incarcerated. We collected, clothing, gift cards, and back packs.
- SsAM 25th Anniversary Celebration: A successful Mother’s Day Curb-side Bake Sale raised funds to support the activities and programs planned for the celebration.
- Pastoral Care: We made frequent contact with our congregational family to let them know that we are still a spiritual working parish, helping where needed.
- Health Care Ministry: We contacted our congregation to give them information about COVID-19 vaccine locations and offering transportation to vaccination events.
- 25th Anniversary Celebration PRESENT Committee Survey: We participated in making follow up calls to our congregation to ensure their participation in the Survey.
- Friendship House Fundraiser — October, 2021 — “The Episcopal Church Women Ministry of Saints Andrew and Matthew wish to thank it’s parish family for their donations requested by the Delaware State ECW for the benefit of Friendship House, which is the charity they are supporting this year. We received monetary as well as the specific items requested. We thank God for allowing you to open your hearts and pocketbooks to help this charity that is very active in our Wilmington neighborhoods and beyond. Peace and many blessings to you all.” —Ernestine Brock-Walker ECW President
Please contact Ernestine Brock-Walker at 302 540-2717 if you have questions about future projects.
Annual Report, June, 2021
Statement of Purpose from the National Organization website
Women are empowered by working collaboratively with women’s organizations, program and ministry groups within and outside the Church as well as with global and local networks working for gender justice, and with individual women compelled to risk trans-formation of the world, the church and their own lives in Christ.
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 June, 2021, the officers of the Episcopal Church Women Ministry at SsAM are:
Ernestine Brock-Walker – President
June Knight – Vice President
Mary Morgan – Treasurer
Peggy Shane – Recording Secretary
Patricia Griffin – Correspondence Secretary
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.