Women’s Ministry

“Blessed be the  God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and  God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as we share abundantly in  Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

2 Corinthians 1:3

Women’s ministry at Uptown exists as a specific means to care for and enfold the women of Uptown into the life of the church. This ministry involves women caring for one another through prayer, discipleship, training, teaching, outreach, retreats, service opportunities, social gatherings and supporting one another’s physical needs. Our goal in all things is to point women to our chief and best end: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Women’s ministry is divided into three formal ministry teams, but also includes more intimate groups such as prayer triads and mentoring groups. In addition, each year we offer leadership training geared specifically towards women, as well as Sunday School classes for women in order to grow in fellowship with one another as we study God’s word together. These ministries are explained in greater detail below, with a contact person for each section if you have questions about how to get involved. We hope you will join us in these endeavors and grow in your enjoyment of the full life that is ours in Christ.

 

Ministry Teams:

 

+ The Women's Care Team

The Women’s Care Team (formerly the Women’s Prayer Team) is a group of women appointed by the session of Uptown Church. Their ministry is to assist the elders in praying, shepherding and caring for the needs of women at Uptown. They are presently supervised by Pastor Tom Hawkes. Their primary means of caring for the women of Uptown is to meet monthly for a time of prayer. These monthly meetings include general prayer for the life of the church, as well as prayer for specific women who come and share their requests. Women who come are prayed over by the team and all requests are kept confidential. Each woman on the care team also has a group of women that she prays for specifically, with the goal being that every female member of our church is prayed for by name over the course of the year.

The WCT members also assist the elders when a woman needs care in a crisis and participate in relational ministry with women in the church. The WCT wants to encourage all women at Uptown to care for one another, to be involved in mentoring/discipling relationships and especially to pray for one another. If you are interested in coming for prayer or desire more information about the Women’s Care Team please contact Angela Queen (angelaboyd24@gmail.com )

 

+ The Women’s Program Team

The Women’s Program Team assists the Women’s Ministry Staff in planning and hosting events for the women of Uptown. These events include community dinners, leadership training events for women, and the annual Christmas party.  We welcome new members to our team anytime throughout the year!  If you have the gift of hosting, organization, or planning, this team is a wonderful way to get more involved at Uptown and serve the women of our church.

Please email Ginni Fischer at womensministryintern@uptownchurch.org with questions or to join the team!

 

+ The Meals Ministry Team

The Meals Ministry is a serving arm of women’s ministry as well and organizes men and women at Uptown Church to bring meals to those who have had a baby, an illness or have experienced a death in their family. If you would like to serve by bringing a meal on occasion, or if your family needs meals provided for a time contact Carrie Day (carriecday@gmail.com) who presently heads up this ministry.

 

+ Prayer Triads

A Prayer Triad is a group of three believers who meet on a regular basis to pray together. Uptown Church encourages those in a prayer triad to confess sin to one another, to lift each other up in prayer focusing on specific personal needs and to pray for friends and family who do not know Christ. A prayer triad is a wonderful place for spiritual growth and accountability. As you meet women at Uptown you may meet others who are not in a triad with whom you could initiate this meaningful time together. You could also inquire of the Women’s Care Team who may be able to point you to other women looking for a triad. If you would like more details on prayer triads or some thought provoking questions for your current prayer triad, please contact Stephanie Kraska or Ginni Fischer.  For further information on Prayer Triads, please review The Prayer Triad Guidelines.

 

+ Outreach Bible Studies

One of the ways we have sought to share the Gospel with others in our lives and communities is to offer neighborhood Bible studies that meet in various locations around the city of Charlotte.  If you are interested in starting one of these groups in your neighborhood/workplace, please contact Melissa Kruger (melissakruger@uptownchurch.com). If you are interested in attending one of these studies, please contact the leader listed in the group you are interested in attending.

Virginia McNamee & Stephanie Kraska: Huntingtowne Farms Neighborhood (off Park Rd.) 2nd Monday of the month, 7:30pm
Contact: virginia.mcnamee@gmail.com or southendfinn@yahoo.com

Aubrey Rich, Julia King & Margaret Morin: Women in the Workplace – Midwood & Wilmore area, every other Thursday, 7pm
Contact: Aubrey Rich aubrey@willowfloralboutique.com , Julia King king.juliaw@gmail.com , Margaret Morin mhjort5@gmail.com

Jessica Britt:  Biddlesville Neighborhood; Friday Mornings, 9:30–12:00
Contact: jessicasbritt@gmail.com (Childcare is full, nursing moms are welcome)

Megan Harris: Davidson area, Wednesday Mornings, 10:30–12:00
Contact: meganhharrisrn@gmail.com

Sarah DelPrete: Matthews area, Every other Tuesday, 7:15pm
Contact: sedelprete@gmail.com

Emily Louis and Lauren Palmer: Carmel Road area, Thursday evenings, 7:30pm
Contact: emily.cornelius89@gmail.com

+ Mentor Groups

We all need to grow in our walk with the Lord. Mentor groups are a way for an “older” woman in the faith to pray, encourage and dig into the word with other women. The hope is that these groups will grow in a relationship with the blessing of knowing God more and glorify Him in the process. Mentoring is essentially “to prepare God’s people for works of service”(see Ephesians 4:11-13). Susan Hunt describes mentoring in the following way: “When a woman possessing faith and spiritual maturity enters into a nurturing relationship with a younger woman in order to encourage and equip her to live for God’s glory…giving birth biologically or being of a certain chronological age are not prerequisites for spiritual mothering.” Each of these groups consists of one mentor and 3-4 other ladies meeting once a month over the course of nine months to grow in a particular topic. New groups form in the late summer/early Fall each year. For more information or questions concerning Mentor Groups, please contact Mary Kulp marykulp@gmail.com

 

+ Other Training Opportunities

Three other ways that women at Uptown Church can grow in their faith are through Sunday School classes, Leadership Training Seminars and Women’s Bible studies. Typically there are two Sunday School sessions specifically designed for women during the year. However, all of our Sunday School classes are beneficial for growth in faith, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. We also offer Leadership Training seminars semiannually for women, geared towards helping them lead and mentor other women. These will include such topics as, “How to mentor”, “How to Teach the Bible”, “How to Confront and Counsel” in order to equip women to love and encourage one another well. If you are interested in helping with Sunday Schools, or Leadership Training events, please feel free to contact Stephanie Kraska or Ginni Fisher.

 

+ Infertility Prayer Chain

The Infertility Prayer Chain is made up of believing couples who have experienced infertility. They are eager to pray for others who are struggling as they have. If you are experiencing infertility and would like to have these couples come along side you confidentially in prayer please email Holly VanRoekel at hollyvanroekel@gmail.com

 

+ Women's Ministry Coordinator

The Women’s Ministry Coordinator role at Uptown Church is a part-time staff position. Part of her role is to serve on the Women’s Care Team, Program Team and Staff team in order to facilitate communication between women’s ministry and the other ministries of the church. She also works with the Adult Ed Pastor to develop discipleship in the church, as well as the Life Group Pastor to help with the care of women who are assisting in leading Life Groups. In general she is working with a variety of ministries in order to coordinate support for women, with a specific focus (in her personal ministry) towards caring for and developing women leaders in the church. Melissa Kruger currently serves as our Women’s Ministry Coordinator. Please feel free to contact her at melissakruger@uptownchurch.org.

 

+ Women's Ministry Assistant

The Women’s Ministry Assistant role at Uptown Church is a part-time staff position. Part of her role is to serve on the Women’s Care Team and Staff team in order to facilitate communication between women’s ministry and the other ministries of the church. Stephanie Kraska currently serves as our Women’s Ministry Assistant. Please feel free to contact her at womensministry@uptownchurch.org.

 

+ Women's Ministry intern

The Women’s Ministry Intern serves on the Women’s Care Team and Program Team. She assists in the coordination of ministry events, support for outreach studies, and general administration and planning. Ginni Fisher currently serves as our Women’s Ministry Intern. Please feel free to contact her at womensministryintern@uptownchurch.org.

 

Contact Information

Women’s Ministry Coordinator: Melissa Kruger  Email: melissakruger@uptownchurch.org

Women’s Ministry Assistant: Stephanie Kraska  Email: womensministry@uptownchurch.org

Women’s Ministry Intern: Ginni Fischer  Email: womensministryintern@uptownchurch.org

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