TGIF began over 20 years ago. It has mainly operated for the women of the church only because they were very clearly drawn to the very good day time, child care opportunity. I am pleased to say that it is a group-lead program with one contact person and leader who can get any of about 7 other people involved. Right now we have a membership roster of 20 ladies of which 70-85% attend each Friday morning. Our ages range from about 25-85 which has made our group truly a unique sisterhood.
As an outreach, we have organized the Women’s Advent Service in December each year and as a group felt hugely proud of what we offered to the church and the women in our community. 120 women gathered in December 2008, reflecting on the community of the “Apron” and the sisterhood that it has provided for the centuries and still provides in the gatherings in our homes. We very proudly collected for the Stella Street Mission and were able to donate over $600. Occasionally we will do the sandwiches for St. Matthew ‘s Maryland (twice a year, end of the month is our church’s offering) and all contribute in some way to that. Our membership agrees on a loosey goosey commitment and welcome all on an occasional, drop in basis or regular basis. $2 per week/members present covers our babysitting costs.
We invite anyone to try out our gathering on any Friday morning @ 9:30 throughout the year. Our study begins at 10:00. Please know that you are welcome!