American Baptist Women’s Ministries

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) has a long heritage of being on the forefront of mission and ministry with women and girls worldwide. From its founding in 1951 through today, ABWM has addressed critical issues such as sex trafficking, poverty, equal voice, safety and security, access to water and other natural resources, leadership development, and, of course, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ!

Empowering Women

ABWM empowers women and girls to live into the fullness of who they are created by God to be. In commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, to the mission of the Church, and through the enabling of the Holy Spirit, ABWM provides opportunities for each woman to become and develop as God’s person, build God’s faith community, and serve God’s world.

Areas of Ministry

ABWM areas of ministry include:

  • Supporting American Baptist Missionaries – Three are International Missionaries and three are Home Missionaries.
  • White Cross – Each year, we roll bandages for use overseas, purchase items needed by Neighborhood Centers in the U.S., and provide financial donations.
  • Love Gift – This money is extra funding for United Mission, the basic funding source for American Baptist Mission work. We have a Love Gift Sunday every February and collect this offering at each of our ABWM meetings.
  • Support of local missions and organizations – Our support comes through monetary gifts and collections of needed supplies.
  • Providing food and help – We assist with bereavement meals when asked by the Family Care Committee.

The FBC ABWM meets on the 2nd Monday of the following months from 1:30-3:30pm in Barker Hall (Sept., Oct., Nov., Mar., Apr., and May) for our monthly program.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Do you like to knit or crochet? If so, this group is for you!

Shawls and Prayers

The FBC Prayer Shawl Ministry was founded in 2010 as a sub-ministry of the American Baptist Women’s Ministry. This group includes church members who enjoy knitting or crocheting and who want to use their hobby to help others in need. It even includes others who don’t know how, but who still want to provide prayer and financial support for those that do!

When the group was first formed, they focused their efforts and talents on making prayer shawls. These shawls are shared with church members and friends who are experiencing times of celebration (e.g., marriage; birth of a child) or who are in the midst of a particular challenge (e.g., illness; relationship issues; loss of a loved one).

They are called prayer shawls because of the emphasis placed on prayer throughout the creation of the shawl itself. The shawl makers pray for the future recipient as the shawl is begun and think about that person throughout the making of the shawl. Once complete, the group gathers together to bless the shawl before it is given to the recipient.

Other Projects

In addition to prayer shawls which the group makes as needs arise, members have taken on many other meaningful and rewarding projects such as:

  • Making scarves for students in foster care as part of the Red Scarf Project.
  • Creating winter hats and scarves for distribution to children at Sugar Creek Elementary School.
  • Making blankets for FBC’s graduating high school seniors.
  • Producing warm, comforting sanctuary blankets.

Whether it’s a prayer shawl for someone going through a difficult divorce, slippers that warm the hearts (and toes!) of domestic violence victims, or scarves stitched with love, this ministry exists to provide others with a tangible, constant reminder of God’s caring love for them.

Please contact the church office or simply stop in for one of our meetings to learn more!