Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
There’s a lot of laughter when Episcopal Church Women get together
And a lot of love.


Scroll down for special events and Chapter meeting times.  There are several to choose from!

In the Episcopal Church, 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.

ECW is the contemporary incarnation of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions established in 1871. It brings women together for friendship and fun. It is an opportunity for smaller groups of St. Anne’s women to be with each other to share experience and wisdom. In its early years, the ECW was one of the few ways women could take part in the life of the church outside of Sunday services. ECW has been reinvented to support women of the new millennium who love God and wish to do His work.

Currently St. Anne’s has 4 chapters that meet monthly, October-March. Chapters focus on building connections between 20-30 women of varying ages; ranging from mothers at the St. Anne’s Day School to senior ladies at the Terrace. They are mostly hosted in private homes, with topics decided by chapter members. Typical guests will speak on spiritual or social themes that inform, educate, and entertain. Most of all, ECW is an opportunity for women to build new friendships and nurture personal growth in a relaxed setting.  Daytime and Evening chapters are available. Optional dues are $20 per year.

To know more about Episcopal Church Women see the National website http://ecwnational.org/ or contact Katherine Mitchell at katherinesmitchell@gmail.com

 St. Anne’s 2019-2020 ECW Board

President – Katherine Mitchell
Co-president – Katherine Kinser
Secretary & Membership – open
Treasurer – open
Annual ECW Dinner co-chairs – Catherine Haining and Martha McClatchey
United Thank Offering Chair – Martha McClatchey
St. Anne’s Day School Liaison – Katherine Mitchell
St. Anne’s Terrace Liaison – Benita Johnson
Advisor – The Reverend Licia Affer
Advisor – Molly Scott

Chapter Leadership

Monday Evening
Heidi Swygert
contact: Heidi, 404-513-3250

Tuesday Morning Moms
Rebekah Murphy & Katherine Mitchell
Anna Benifield, Logistics Chair
contact: momsgroupstannes@gmail.com

Wednesday at the Terrace
Benita Johnson & The Reverend Harriette Simmons

Thursday Morning – the St. Dorcas Chapter
Helena Shuford
contact: Helena, Helena.r.shuford@gmail.com

UPCOMING CHAPTER MEETINGS (Chapters meet monthly, October – April)

Monday Evening Chapter meets at 7pm on the following dates, typically in someone’s home: For more info, including meeting locations and addresses: Heidi Swygert at 404-513-3250

Stay tuned.

Tuesday Morning Moms Chapter (in St. Anne’s Commons Room, 9:00 am).  The Saint Anne’s Tuesday Morning Moms Chapter of ECW is a group of mothers of young children from newborn through elementary school-age from Saint Anne’s Church and Day School community and meets once a month on Tuesdays from 9-11 am in the Commons Room. We have coffee and a light breakfast and enjoy speakers and discussion, service projects, book discussions, and opportunities to get to know each other and support each other through motherhood! Babies are welcome and PMO is available for busy toddlers. Meeting dates:

April 28 possibly – stay tuned

For details and info about future meetings: Contact momsgroupstannes@gmail.com.

Thursday Morning Chapter (locations vary): The Thursday morning ECW group, newly named the St. Dorcas Chapter, meets in various locations, usually someone’s home. For more info contact Helena.r.shuford@gmail.com

Stay tuned.

Are you wondering how we came up with naming our group the St. Dorcas Chapter? St. Dorcas (Greek) was a female apostle, very unusual for the times, and was a good friend of St. Peter. Dorcas was a charitable woman caring for the poor, ill, elderly and widows. She sewed for the needy and fed the hungry. Come join our friendly group as we make blankets for the Grady babies, prepare and serve a dinner to the Agape children, make Palm Crosses, and learn from guest speakers. For more info contact Helena.r.shuford@gmail.com

Wednesday Terrace Chapter (at The Terrace).  Details to come.

ECW administers the United Thank Offering (UTO). The UTO is a program through which empty change boxes are distributed to the parish for individuals to fill as a way of expressing thanks when the Spirit (or extra change) moves them. Proceeds are sent to the National UTO office, where they are used to address compelling human needs though grants and programs that alleviate poverty, both domestic and international.

Kick-off Event – In addition to monthly Chapter meetings, the ECW hosts a church-wide event for women twice a year. ECW kicks off fall chapters at our annual dinner in September or October.  All women are invited to participate in ECW. All women of St. Anne’s are automatically members of ECW. Mark your calendars for this year’s dinner!  Sunday, September 27, 6:00 pm 

If you are interested in becoming an active member, or would like more information please contact us at SaintAnnesECW@gmail.com.

If you have any questions about ECW, please contact SaintAnnesECW@gmail.com.

For more information about the national ECW organization, please visit www.ecwnational.org