Women's Ministries

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WEEKLY Opportunities to Connect & Grow ::

Monday Night Bible Study
Women of all ages and stages are welcome to join for our study as we go through James Bryan Smith's book, Good and Beautiful Community. We will have times of teaching and for small group discussions. This is a study of how to live in relationship with others as apprentices of Jesus; following the spirit, extending grace, and demonstrating love.
Where :: Bel Air Presbyterian Church  |  DC102 & 103
When :: Mondays, April 13 to June 15  | 7 - 9 p.m. 
Study Name :: The Good and Beautiful Community
Contact :: Ashley Wood
Register ::  www.belairpres.org/registration

Mothers and Others
Mothers & Others provides spiritual and emotional support and loving fellowship to mothers and moms-to-be. Moms are equipped with tools for life and encouraged to develop meaningful and supportive relationships with each other. Program includes Bible study with small group discussions and guest speakers covering spiritual and practical issues related to marriage, parenting, and spiritual growth. Come when you can! 
Program for children pre-K and younger. Children can be dropped off at 9:45 a.m.
Where :: DC101
When :: Wednesdays | 10 a.m. | 2015 kick-off January 7
Contact :: Ashley Wood

Bel Air Women
Join us twice a month for a time of fellowship, food, and prayer, with guest speakers from within the church and elsewhere. Get to know other women in the church and be encouraged in your walk with Christ.
Where :: A202
When :: First & Third Thursdays | 10 a.m.
Contact :: Ashley Wood

ANNUAL Opportunities to Connect & Grow ::

Spring Forward
Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!    — Psalm 116:2
Join us for a women’s half-day retreat as we explore and experience different ways to pray to God. We invite you for a time of worship, workshops, community and brunch during this day of refreshment for your spirit. Children’s programming is available. 
Where :: Discipleship Center
When :: May 2nd | 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Contact :: Ashley Wood
Register :: www.belairpres.org/registration
Cost :: $20 Early Bird Special; $25 after April 15th; $30 at the door

Spring Forward Workshop Options ::
Praying Without Words—led by Gabrielle Dion-Kindem and Meg Holzer
Sometimes in our prayers to God we are quick to speak and intercede or ask, but rarely are we slow and quiet enough to "dwell" with God, building relationship with Him and inviting Him to work within us in silence. Centering prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer - prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer.

Praying With Our Bodies—led by Rebecca Burchett Morgan and Michelle Mirkovich
Our bodies are a gift from God for God. When the body participates fully in our spiritual journey, our relationship with God the creator is expanded and enriched. Through stretching and Christian yoga, this workshop will be a doorway into praying with your whole self. Praying with your body embraces your whole self in a guided way to let your longing be united with God. This Christian approach to yoga simply allows us to combine two goals: becoming physically healthy and spiritually healthy. We become more spiritually healthy through stretching and yoga practice by calming our minds and quieting ourselves to the point that we can tune out the world's frequency and tune into God. I Corinthians 6:19 NIV "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?"

Praying in our Home—led by Yvonne Lara
Prayer is a learned art and spiritual discipline- and invites us in many places in varying ways. One of the ways to deepen your “prayer practice” is in your very home. Join us for a time of guided prayer through stations and experience of worship as we follow the rhythm and example of Jesus. Using the acronym ACTS: Adoration, Confession Thanksgiving and finally Surrender, we will experience specific stations to help guide your prayer. This will include a time of silence to listen and hear what God wants for you to surrender. Come with open hearts and open hands.

Praying with Color—led by Care Crawford and Kim Harmon
Using the premise of a great book by the same title, we will introduce a new prayer form, using color. Maybe you love color. Or maybe you are longing for a new way to connect with God better. Have you ever felt antsy or distracted when you pray? Do you find yourself falling asleep when you pray? Has your prayer time become so routine that you wonder if God is listening or even cares? Praying with color is a different prayer practice which is active, meditative, and a prayerful practice. Come experience a vibrant and colorful way to pray. Oswald Chambers writes, "Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God." Draw in a 'new way' and receive a new grace from God.

Praying for Others—led by Jenna Schiedermayer and Brooke Turpin
Intercessory prayer is act of praying on behalf of others. The role of mediator in prayer is seen both in the Old Testament, (of Abraham, Moses, David, Samuel, Hezekiah, Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel), and in the New Testament. Christ is pictured as the ultimate intercessor. What happens when we pray for others? Have you ever told someone you would pray for them, and you didn't? Have you ever prayed for someone consistently, and feel like your prayers are unanswered or unheard? Come learn from members of our own Bel Air Prayer Team the power and presence of the Lord when we pray and when we intercede for others.

Praying With Our Feet—Led by Karen Mizrahi and Alli Newell
St Augustine, a well-known early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writing influenced the development of Western Christianity once said, "It is solved by walking! " Well maybe not all is solved by walking, but in this workshop you will go to 12 Prayer Stations around the Bel Air Campus in a guided prayer walk as you stop, look, listen, and intercede in prayer. At each station you will be given suggestions for prayer, with some Scripture or quotes and questions for reflection. Walk the campus and pray with our prayer prompts. This prayer walk may take you to parts of the campus where you have never been before!

Christmas Tea
Women of all ages are invited to come out to celebrate what has become an annual holiday tradition at Bel Air! There is not cost to attend the Tea, but we ask that each guest bring a disposable plate of dessert items to share. Registration is required and online only.
Where :: Bel Air Presbyterian Church
When :: Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 2–5 p.m.
Contact :: Ashley Wood
Registration :: Opens Fall 2015 at www.belairpres.org/registration