Welcome to our Ladies' Group page.
The Ladies' Group is open to ALL women, young and not so young, who want to escape from normal everyday life for an hour or so each month to meet with friends to enjoy some well-needed rest and relaxation, Christian fellowship and Bible teaching.
We are part of Presbyterian Women, an organisation for women within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland - follow Presbyterian Women on Facebook.
The Ladies’ Group plays a vital role in coordinating "get together" events for our whole church family and gives prayerful, practical and financial support to the wider mission of PCI. Normally we try to meet regularly on the second Thursday of each month, in the Magill Room in our Church Hall.
We hope you enjoy the excerpt from this year’s Inspirations book.
In Thessalonians 5:11, Paul gives the believers this instruction,
‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up’.
We are not supposed to walk alone in our Christian life. We are one body made up of many parts. There are numerous examples in the Bible of men and women of God who, as they served the Lord, had people walking side by side with them.
It is hoped that the Side by Side theme this year will encourage us to draw alongside one another to develop deep and lasting relationships. Women’s ministry in our local churches is far more than the programmes and events that are planned throughout the year. It is the relationships that are initiated, nurtured and developed as women walk side by side through life.
In his very practical book, Side by Side, Edward Welch writes, ‘Life is too hard to manage single-handedly.’ This is a thoroughly biblical idea. Encouragement to walk alongside one another in wisdom and love is found throughout Scripture. There are almost 60 ‘one another’ commands in the New Testament. God is clearly telling us that he wants his church to be one-anothering one another.
The New Testament imagery of the church as the body of Christ shows us that we are all needed, and we all need each other:
‘…so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.’ Romans 12:5 (ESV)
Every member is needed, and every member is in need. Do you realise this? This is God’s vision for community, and it flows from the three-in-one community that is enjoyed by our Triune God. The relationship in the Trinity is one of mutual glorification. The Father glorifies the Son, the Son glorifies the Father, and the Spirit glorifies the Son.
So, what does this look like? We need Christian friends who will pray for us; weep with us; mourn with us; rebuke us graciously; help us keep our eyes fixed on him; warn us when we are playing with sin; help us identify idols; encourage us when we are down; bear with us and forgive us; speak truth to us; be kind and compassionate to us; be hospitable to us; spur us on to love and good deeds; and keep pointing us towards Jesus.
This kind of side by side friendship takes time to cultivate. It is intentional, two-way, and as such brings tremendous blessing.
Who are you side by side with? Go and be a blessing to each other.