The purpose of the Women’s Guild is to promote friendship, Christian service, and spiritual growth among women of all ages. It is organized and operates primarily for relational, educational, spiritual, and charitable reasons.
- The Women’s Guild took form out of a Tri-Village Women’s Society and in 1912 solidified as the Women’s Guild of First Community Church.
- The initial undertaking of the Guild was to raise money to purchase an organ for the church.
- In the church’s early days, before the church was funded by pledges, financial aid from the Guild was needed to cover a large share of the regular expenses of the church, including the minister’s salary.
- In 1937, the First Community Women’s Guild was the largest organization in the entire Tri-Village area—and by 1954 over 800 women were members.
- Today, at more than 100 years old, the Women’s Guild is the largest organized team of lay workers within First Community Church with approximately 300 members among its many groups.
Through the years, whatever the needs of the times, the women of the Guild have responded specifically and generously. A few of the many groups that have benefitted from the Guild’s generosity over the years include: Heart to Heart, Mary Evans Center, Friends of the Homeless, Camp Akita, Mexico Mission trip, Prayers & Squares, Whitechapel Ringers, Van Buren Shelter, Rafiki Orphanage and School, and Deep Girah Society.
- Soup and Casserole Sale
- We Love You Luncheon
- Women's Guild Sunday
- Spring Luncheon
- Garage Sale
- Lemonade Sunday
- All Guild Potluck and Installation Service
- Election Bake Sale
Join the Guild
The Women‘s Guild invites all women of First Community to become a member of one of its Guild Groups. While each Group varies in its programs and activities, they all provide a chance to build warm friendships and are a great way to offer services to the missions of the Church. More than 250 women belong to one of the 11 Guild Groups that meet once a month on different days and times to accommodate the needs of all women. You do not have to belong to First Community in order to join a Guild Group.
Why Join a Guild?
- Socialization and fun with other women
- Long-term friendships
- Emotional support across the years
- Spiritual growth and strengthening faith
- Ways to contribute to the church and the community
For more information about specific groups and joining a guild contact:
Guild Membership Chair
Email Nancy Withers