Women of Worship

 

“I have always found the sacred space of the church a place of refuge, of solace and hope. As far back as our African history begins in America, during a time when the bodies and minds were bound by the violence of slavery, black women gathered to worship communally a God who gave freedom and liberation in the salvific power of the life of their ancestors and the life of Jesus, the Black Messiah.” Sister Marie Abeo Brow, Women of Worship

 

The Women of Worship, Women of God Ministry was fashioned out of a “Powerful Conversation” in January, 2010 between 7 self-determined and spirited women in the Southern Regional Congregation (Shrine 9) Atlanta, GA with a highly expressed desire to build a deeper sense of community with women. Posing that through our relationships with others, we experience more of God than is ever possible for us alone. In March, 2010 with the support of Southern Regional Bishop Randy Mwenda L. Brown, the WOW Ministry hosted what has now become an annual celebration (Women’s’ History Month) emphasizing the need to bring to light the immense contributions of Pan African women those celebrated and those who remain hidden figures.

The purpose of our Women of Worship’s Ministry is to meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of women at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Church and within our community. The ministry is designed to encourage women to grow in their faith, to develop and strengthen intimate friendships with other women, to engage in mentoring relationships between the women and youth girls, and to provide opportunities to serve our Pan African community with the covenant decree that “Nothing is more scared than the liberation of Black People.”

In order to drive the inevitable force of change to wholly address the needs of women was the crucial next step to enhance the ministry was to unite the women’s ministries in our sister regions of Detroit, MI (The Women of NIA), Houston TX (The PEARLS) and in Beulah Land, Calhoun Falls, SC (The Way out of No Way Making Women). In July, 2012 the Women of Worship Ministry hosted its first National Retreat in Atlanta, GA. At the conclusion of the retreat WOW was convoked and consecration as a National ministry within the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church by the National Board of Pastors (Bishop Mbiyu Moore, Bishop Judas Seegars, Bishop Aswad Walker and Bishop Mwenda Brown with the approval of the National Presiding Bishop Don Kimathi Nelson (Jaramogi Kimathi).

Ministries Pan African Outreach

As women in ministry we feel a responsibility to inform, inspire and ignite women and youth girls of faith to launch initiatives that challenge the cultural climate, and embrace a Messianic-centered perspective on issues facing our communities.

The Women of Worship, Atlanta, GA

Girlfriends In God Youth Ministry: To reach, teach, and develop young women (ages 12-17) to impact their communities and the world through their gifts and passions.

 

Hand on Liberia: The Hands on Liberia initiative is an opportunity for the members of Shrine 9 to support our church in Paynesville, Liberia by donating much needed schools supplies.

 

Rev. Nkenge Abi National Book Scholarship Award: The Scholarship is in support of making a positive and lasting impact on the community for young women who pursue excellence in academia and in the Pan African Community through her service.

PEARL’S Ministry Structure

  • Ministry Leader
  • Mediators – Assist in various areas
  • Monthly meetings
    • To be held at volunteers homes every 4th Sunday unless otherwise determined.

The PEARLS, Houston, TX

Rev. Djenaba, Ministry Leader

Purpose statement:
We will build intentional relationships and serve as a financial support base to the church. We intend to strengthen relationships by spending concentrated time in the word of God. Serve God by using our Giftedness for the benefit of others. To strive to attain our “Best Selves” as we support others in development.

Mission Statement:
The Pearl’s women’s ministry is to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the women of the PAOCC and church community. This ministry is designed to encourage women to grow in their faith; and to develop, strengthen and nourish intimate relationships with other women and to work in concert with the vision of the PAOCC.

Pearls Ministry Structure
The Pearls Ministry shall be an integral aspect of the Church’s program. We are a local entity and also a part of a National Women of Worship Ministry. Ministry Leader participates in monthly conference calls with the National WOW Ministry Team and updates the local ministry as to the national objectives. Involvement also includes yearly observances of Pan African Women’s History Month (March) and bi-annual WOW National Retreats.

PEARL’S Ministry Structure

  • Ministry Leader
  • Mediators – Assist in various areas
  • Monthly meetings
    • To be held at volunteers homes every 4th Sunday unless otherwise determined.

Ministry Objectives

Growing Our Faith –

  • Bible Study/Devotionals

Growing Our Relationships & Social Consciousness

  • Pearl’s Socials/Outreach/Fellowships
  • Pearl’s Angel’s Closet (Seasonal Clothing Drive)
  • Pearl’s Book Club
  • Girl Power – (Mentoring Program)
  • Elder’s Circle

Moving with God

  • Group Beulah Land Pledges
  • Prayer Partners-Care Committee (Let the Circle Be Unbroken)
  • Monthly Ujamaa Kazi Projects
  • Church Fundraisers*
  • Beulah land Pilgrimage

Anniversary Month Projects

  • Shrine Cleanup – Saturdays
  • Buy Black Marketplace – Volunteers
  • Shrine Gift Shop/Fundraiser – Vending Table to sell items to raise funds for the church. (Black Greeting Cards, Novelties).
  • PEARLS TEA (Sister to Sister)

 
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