The Women’s Ministry has a long tradition of service to and on behalf of the church. Fundraising activities organized by the Women’s Ministry support charities that help women and children locally, nationally, and internationally. During 2013, those fund raising and charitable efforts allowed the Women’s Ministry to accomplish the following:
- Publication of the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church Cookbook. This all-church effort financed a substantial contribution to the Wellesley Food Pantry.
- Rummage Sale – Embedded in the grand tradition of the Hills Church, the Rummage Sale is a fun-filled event where one person’s trash truly is another person’s treasure. Each year, this event serves as an important fundraiser for a number of Hills Church projects.
- Bake Sale – A totally delicious event – held each year just before the Christmas Holidays.
- Hills Church Quilters and Knitters – This group provides scarves for our HS graduates, warm hats for kids in India, and beautiful baptismal blankets and prayer shawls.
- Bread and Wine Ministry – a casual, two-hour drop in for mothers within the church that gathers, on a rotating basis, at the homes of church members; come and go as your schedule permits.
During 2013, monetary grants were given to the following organizations:
- WAGLY (West Suburban Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth
- A Better Chance (Wellesley)
- Wellesley METCO
- A Path in the Woods Foundation
- Thom Charles River Early Intervention Center
- The GROW Clinic at Boston Medical Center
- Protestant Chaplaincy at Newton Wellesley Hospital
Women’s Ministry has a long tradition of contributing to projects related to the upkeep and improvement of the church itself, including a start-up grant for a complete renovation of the third floor church school classrooms in 2012, and the purchase of the front doors of the sanctuary. During 2014, the Women’s Ministry will transfer funds to the Property Maintenance Committee to support a refurbishment of the Reception Room, one of our most welcoming and heavily used public spaces.