Different program formats are designed to meet the many interests and needs of today’s women.
Fourfold Group Meetings
These groups may be called "Home League", "Ladies Circle" etc. Worship, education, fellowship and service programs make this type of group a welcome place for all women. This fourfold format beautifully reflects The Salvation Army's holistic approach to ministry.
Worship is a part of every Women’s Ministries program. Most meetings involve reading the Bible and prayer. Special programs or events may highlight this aspect such as worship services, singspirations and Bible studies.
These programs include a wide variety of subjects that promote personal, family and community growth. They address the needs, interests and concerns of the Women’s Ministries group as well as family and community issues. This aspect of the program also promotes women’s understanding of Christian principles and lifestyle.
Fellowship experiences are filled with fun, food and warm friendships. Offering an opportunity to build relationships, share concerns and receive friendly advice from other women is an important and exciting component of Women’s Ministries. Many fellowship activities include outings, parties and social events.
Giving women an opportunity to make a difference in their community and world, Women’s Ministries offer a variety of service projects. These vary from group to group but may include feeding the homeless, helping less-fortunate children receive toys for Christmas, baking cookies for college students, visiting nursing homes and so much more!
These special interest groups cover a wide array of topics for women such as craft circles for quilting or memory books, aerobics classes, Baby Song, hospitality, resource and service-focused ministries (such as helping women in crisis pregnancies) or book clubs and Bible studies. The possibilities are nearly endless! They may meet on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis and for a specific time period to cover a special topic (ie: a six-week class on effective parenting) or they may be ongoing.
These are short term experimental faith ventures. This gives flexibility to try new programs to meet the needs of women in each community. This may include a six week aerobics class, or a bowling team. If it is received well, it may become a focus group. This is the perfect group for women who want to be involved in short term programs.