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Episcopal Church Women

The ECW champions women’s rights and the Christian faith, serving as a ministry of the Episcopal Church through global programs that support women, children, and communities, creating a legacy of stewardship.

Who We Are

We are Episcopal Church women of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds who hold a variety of views. However, our common denominator is our love of God and the desire to do his work.

Our Mission

Centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empower women to do Christ’s ministry in the world. 

Our Vision

Our vision for all women of the Episcopal church is that we become a vibrant blend of all ages, coming together as a peacemaking, healing part of the church. We aspire to be a God spark – shining and sharing the love of Christ. 

Episcopal Church Women's Prayer

Almighty God, we pray that You will bless our work in mission and ministry in the world. Help us to pray fervently, labor diligently and give liberally to make known the power of your love given through your son Jesus. Let us not forget the lessons from the past nor fear the challenges of the future. Anoint us with your grace and shine in our hearts as we reflect your light throughout the world. Amen. 

Diocesan ECW Board Members

Ms. Laura L. Manigault, President – Term 2023-2025 
VACANT, Vice President – Term 2023-2026 
VACANT, Recording Secretary – Term 2023-2025 
Ms. Nancy Smith, Treasurer – Term 2023-2025 
Ms. Cornelia Taylor, Corresponding Secretary – Term 2023-2025 
Dr. Renee Escoffery-Torres, Parliamentarian – Term 2023-2025 

Dr. Angela Parker, Communication Chair 
Ms. Helen Sharpe-Williams, Student Work Chair 
Ms. Deborah Austin, Prayer & Worship Chair 

Dr. Renee Escoffery-Torres, Church Periodical Club Director 
Ms. Joanne Alston-Hooker, United Thank Offering Coordinator 
VACANT, Historian & Archivist 
Ms. Nancy Sands, Nominating Committee Chair 
Ms. Helen Sharpe-Williams, Special Stewardship Chair 

Ms. Lydia Dyson, Daughters of the King 
Ms. Susan Schrader, W2W4 Congo 

Diocesan ECW President Ms. Laura L. Manigault would love to hear from you! Her email address is akumlovj.bfrh87@gmail.com  or home address: 232 West Gilbert Street, Apt. 143, Hampton, VA 23669. If you have any questions you may telephone: 757-765-0083. 

Convocation chairs

I Eastern Shore VACANT 
II Virginia Beach VACANT 
III Norfolk VACANT 
IV Suffolk Ms. Deborah Austin 
V Jamestown VACANT 
VI Petersburg VACANT 
VII South Richmond VACANT 
VIII Farmville Dr. Angela M. Parker 
IX Danville VACANT

News and Events

Schedule 2024

February 

February 10 - Diocese of Southern Virginia Annual Council (Williamsburg)

 

March 

March 14 - Diocesan ECW Spring Executive Board Meeting (Virtual) 

 

April 

INGATHERING: UNITED THANK OFFERING (UTO) 

April 20 – Autism Acceptance Month Program (Virtual)

 

May 

INGATHERING: CHURCH PERIODICAL CLUB (CPC) 

May 18 – Diocesan ECW Annual Spring Meeting with Louisa Taylor Letcher Observance (St. Paul’s, Norfolk)

 

September 

September 19 – Diocesan ECW Fall Executive Board Meeting (Virtual) 

 

October 

INGATHERING: UNITED THANK OFFERING (UTO) 

October 26 – Diocesan ECW Fall Annual Meeting (All Saints’, South Hill) 

Past Events

2022 ECW Annual Fall Meeting 

Our 2022 Fall Meeting was held virtually on Saturday, October 15, 2022. 

  • Click here to watch the video of this meeting. 

2021 ECW Annual Fall Meeting 

Our 2021 Fall Meeting was held virtually on Saturday, October 16, 2021. 

  • Click here to watch the video of this meeting. 
  • Click here for the slides from the presentation by Dr. Renee Escoffery-Torres. 
  • Click here for an Autism Awareness Reading List. 
  • Click here for an interview with Terrie Desloge of Synapsory. 

ECW Resources

The Grapevine

The Grapevine is a quarterly print-ready newsletter available via email through TIDINGS, our diocesan weekly newsletter, or linked here. We appreciate your help sharing ECW news. If you have news you would like included in The Grapevine, contact Angela Parker, ecwcommunication@gmail.com. 

2023 ECW Yearbook & Parish Directory

The 2023 ECW Yearbook & Directory is available by contacting Shauna Daley, sdaley@diosova.org or 757-213-3378 

Click here for 2023 ECW Parish Contribution Report to Diocesan President

Click here for 2023 ECW Annual Contribution Report

Click here for 2023 ECW Parish Information Report

Click here for 2023 ECW Convocation Report

Click here for 2023 ECW Church Periodical Club (CPC) Donations Allocation Form 

Click here for 2023 ECW Scholarship Application. Applications must be received by May 5, 2023 to be considered for the fall semester.

Click here for ECW media release form 

Click hereforECW Information Handbook 

 

Click here for a history of the ECW in Southern Virginia 

The Tamar Project

Women to Women’s Tamar Project is the focus of our diocesan ECW Outreach. Learn more about this important ministry

Where in the Anglican Communion is the greatest need?” Buck Blanchard, Director of Mission and Outreach asked this at the London office of the Anglican Consultative Council. The answer was “the Anglican Church in the D. R. Congo.” Known as the ‘rape capital of the world’ or the ‘worst place on earth to be a woman,’ D. R. Congo has known war brought on by 20-30 militias, especially in the east where the Province has 5 of its 9 dioceses. The decimation of families and villages has been a weapon of war for close to 20 years. Violated women are often kicked out of their homes, especially if pregnancy ensues, or in some cases they have no homes because everyone else has been killed or kidnapped to work in the mines or serve as child soldiers.

Women to Women, started in the Diocese of Virginia in 2012, now has a sister group in Norfolk where at least seven parishes are represented. The ECW of Southern Virginia has taken it on as an Outreach Project.

Started by the wife of Bukavu Bishop Bahati, Mme Nyota Bahati founded the Tamar Project. (See 2 Samuel 13.1 ff.) Her Anglican Mothers’ Union knows what is needed for their suffering sisters and how to proceed, but they need financial help to buy more Bibles, sewing machines for the tailoring and cooking pots for the catering courses. They need funds to help with medical attention and lodging where possible, and to increase their micro-credit system to provide a new start to a life seemingly over. When possible, they help the children of these abused women with school fees, supplies, and uniforms. Their work is amazing, moving, dynamic!

Click here  for a presentation on The Tamar Project (PDF file) 
Click here  for a video about The Tamar Project 

Agencies in ECW Fellowship

The Order of the daughters of the king

A spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of prayer, service, and evangelism. We have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow him as Lord of our lives.

Click here to learn more.

Altar Guild

Learn about  the Altar Guild ministry through the National Altar Guild Association


For more about Altar Guild and guidelines for its work,click here. 

National Altar Guild Prayer 

Most gracious Father Who has called me Your child to serve in the preparation of Your Altar, so that it may be a suitable place for the offering of Your Body and Blood; Sanctify my life and consecrate my hands so that I may worthily handle Those Sacred Gifts which are being offered to You.

As I handle holy things, grant that my whole life may be illuminated and blessed by You, in whose honor I prepare them, and grant that the people who shall be blessed by their use, may find their lives drawn closer to Him Whose Body and Blood is our hope and our strength, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen. 

The Church Periodical Club

The CPC is an independent, affiliated organization of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, dedicated to the worldwide Ministry of the Written Word and to the Promotion of Christian Mission.

Its ministry is to make grants that supply written materials of any type free to those who cannot otherwise obtain them and to raise money to do this.
 


Click here for an article from Diocesan CPC Coordinator Dr. Renee Escoffery-Torres. 


Click here for the Winter 2023 CPC Newsletter.