May 21–22, 2022 | Richmond Hill, Ontario
NATIONAL WOMEN’S GATHERING
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The Women’s Missionary Society National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering will take place May 21–22, 2022, at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Scheduled guest speakers:

  • Susan Aglukark, Inuk singer/songwriter and advocate
  • The Rev. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Jennifer Henry, former Executive Director, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
  • The Rev. Amanda Currie, former moderator of The Presbyterian Church in Canada

The May 2022 event theme is: Celebrate!

Come and celebrate!

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Women’s Gathering Poster

We would like to invite groups to submit women’s inspirational stories from within your church family. At the next National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering in May 2022, we will be honouring women’s inspirational stories of faith.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2022

Click here to learn more and nominate

Women's Inspirational Stories Honoured

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to the WMS: come study, pray, serve and join in fellowship

The Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) is an autonomous organization within The Presbyterian Church in Canada. To carry out the purpose of the WMS, local groups have been established in congregations from Quebec to British Columbia. The local group is the mainstay of the Society.

Groups meet regularly to study, pray for, and serve the mission of the church. They are informed about current and relevant mission and justice projects through the use of church mission studies, Glad Tidings, and other resources from The Book Room.

Groups transform their knowledge into action through prayer and service. They regularly respond to long-term and emergency need in congregations, communities, and the world. Their contributions to the national WMS office support mission grants, yearly mission projects, resources, and staff.

The Organizational Structure

Beyond the local group, the administrative structure of the Society parallels that of The Presbyterian Church in Canada: Presbyterial (Presbytery), Synodical (Synod), Council Executive, and Council.

TOGETHER WE CAN!

Together with WMS groups, congregations, and mission-minded people we can make a difference.

Make a donation today to the Together We Can! projects. Designate the gift to the project of your choice.

Action Réfugiés Montréal

Action Réfugiés Montréal (ARM) is a strong voice for refugeed people in Montreal and beyond. As a notfor-profit, faith-inspired organization they seek justice for asylum-seekers and refugeed people. They promote partnerships among people in refugee and faith communities and society at large for mutual empowerment.

Through their programs they provide hope and assistance while raising awareness of refugee rights. ARM’s Detention Program provides support to people detained for immigration reasons at the Laval Immigration Holding Centre. They are the only organization to visit the Laval IHC on a weekly basis to provide support to the men, women, and children who are detained there. Their private Sponsorship Program provides an avenue for family reunification: people in the Montreal region sponsor family members who are living in a refugee situation overseas. In addition, their Twinning Program creates social connection for women who have recently arrived in Montréal with women who are already living there. Through regular meetings and group activities, the “twins” create bonds of friendship and solidarity.

Besides the programs that ARM runs, they work for refugeed people in other ways. They work continually to raise awareness of refugee rights. Their staff speak at conferences, give guest lectures and visit congregations to address refugee issues. They are also consulted and interviewed on a regular basis by the media to educate the general public about the refugee situation.

ARM’s strong voice is heard; it is the classic “punch above its weight” kind of organization. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has recognized ARM’s expertise in refugee protection and their understanding of Canada’s overseas selection and inland determination processes. ARM staff members often meet with, or write to, politicians and other influential parties. ARM also regularly raises concerns directly with government ministries or agencies. ARM welcomes newcomers in your name.

Action Réfugiés Montréal
Information Sheet (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)

Contact the WMS officeemail | 800-619-7301 to order printed copies.

MIBE Graduate School for Nurses

MIBE Graduate School for Nurses (GSN) has been equipping students in Indore, India to become educators, administrators and leaders in nursing since 1945. Historically, the Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) has supported the school in various ways. The first principal of GSN was from the WMS and over the years many aspiring nurses who couldn’t afford the tuition were helped by the WMS through grants.

The school’s programs have changed since 1945. In 2008, a two-year post graduate degree program was started and there are currently plans to upgrade to four-year degree program. The school has a strong emphasis on academic excellence and compassion for healthcare in a collegial learning environment.

Last year, Indore experienced heavy rains. The school building was badly damaged with flooded classrooms and major damage was done to the hostel. For the safety of the students they were moved to another building. With the everyday financial challenges of keeping the school open, the GSN is unable to fix the damages caused by the heavy rains.

The GSN has asked for help to build a tin roof for the school building to help prevent further damage and to ensure the safety of the students.

MIBE Graduate School for Nurses
Information Sheet (PDF)
Flyer (PDF)

Contact the WMS officeemail | 800-619-7301 to order printed copies.

CONTACT

Sarah Kim, Executive Director, skim [at] presbyterian [dot] ca, 1-800-619-7301 ext. 321

WMS Council Executives Members without Portfolio
Cathy Reid (President) Bonnie Mooney (CNOB)
Janet Brewer (Past President) Shirley Miller (SWO)
Joan Smith (Treasurer) Deborah Stimphil (SWO)
Synodical Presidents/Representatives
Susan Trapp (British Columbia)
Sandi Churchill (Alberta)
Lisbeth Duncan (Alberta)
Ina Borger (Manitoba and Northwest Ontario)
Janice Terry (Central, Northeastern Ontario & Bermuda)
Margaret McGugan (Southwestern Ontario)
Catherine Blatch (Quebec and Eastern Ontario)