While cleaning church brass two Altar Guild members discussed the low numbers of young women joining church groups. They pondered how to rectify the situation, knowing that most young women were either busy raising families or working outside the home. They felt there should be a regular time for these young women to meet, socialize, and become involved in Parish life.

With the approval of the Rector, Canon H.I.G Ragg, the first meeting was held in January 1987. There was a mixed age group, with the majority being members of the Altar or Evening Guilds. It was decided to form a social group.

The membership has fluctuated over the years between six and twenty. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month and members take turns organizing the program. This might be an activity, a speaker, crafts or a pot luck dinner. All women are welcome and there is no membership fee. Meetings begin with a prayer to bless and strengthen the company, and to take the message of God's love into their homes. After a short business meeting, the program and refreshments follow.

Every year there is the opportunity to learn a new craft to sell at the Christmas bazaar, together with the soup mix and herb seasoning. Profits go to the church. Other money accumulated during the year from the one dollar "drop-in" fee is donated to various charities, with the Women's Transition House being the main beneficiary.

The Women's Fellowship remains a mixed age group, which supports one another in times of trouble. They celebrate their joys and help to enrich life in the family of St. Luke's.

(Contributed by Ann Seguin)


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