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Women

The Women’s Ministry is committed to encouraging the women of our church and community to love and follow Jesus.  It is our goal to raise up a generation of women who passionately seek after God, who know His Word, who want to serve others, and who desire to finish faithfully.

2021-2022 Ministry Year

We have three main areas of focus for our 2021-2022 ministry year.
  • God’s Word:  Includes Bible Studies & Discipleship. 
  • Mission: Includes opportunities to serve with our mission partners. 
  • Faith & Community: Includes mentoring and many of our special events. 
  • Click Here to download a pdf of our brochure. 

If you have questions, feel free to email Kelley Brown at kelleyb@mbcc.us.  Thank you!

Fall Women’s Bible Studies

All studies will begin the week of September 13th unless otherwise indicated, and all studies will meet at the church unless otherwise noted.  Childcare is available for children 4 and under for the morning studies. Childcare space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  See the options below, and click the orange box to register. 

Bible Study Options - Click + to Expand

MONDAYS
Hebrews
Led by Barbara Nevins, 9:30 am, A217

TUESDAYS
Ephesians
Led by Beth Yoe, 9:30 am, A217
This study will not begin until October 5th. 

Idol Addiction by Julie Sparkman
Led by Michelle Long, 9:30 am, A219

God of Deliverance, Exodus 1-18 by Jen Wilken
Led by Sara Beth Schneider, 7:00 pm
Meeting at a home; address provided upon registration. 

WEDNESDAYS
Matthew
Led by Kay Gresham, 10:30 am, A220
This study will begin on August 11th. 

The Parables of Jesus
Audio Study by Kelley Brown 
(10-15 minute audio lessons that can be accessed any time of day.)

THURSDAYS
Armor of God by Priscilla Schirer, A219
Led by Tyler Watson, 9:30 am
This study will not begin until September 23rd.

OTHER OPTIONS
We also want to let you know of these two options with Community Bible Study and Bible Study Fellowship.

Bible Study Fellowship
This year we will study the Gospel of Matthew. We will offer in person groups at Bluff Park United Methodist on Monday nights (6:30-8:00). We have a group that meets at Third Presbyterian downtown on Tuesdays evenings (5:30-6:30). We will also offer an online discussion group option on Monday nights.  Our first class night is September 13.  Register by going to www.bsfinternational.org and click on the “Find a Class” tab. 

Community Bible Study
The Birmingham Women’s Evening Class of Community Bible Study (CBS) will meet at MBCC on Monday nights starting September 13, 2021, for a multiweek study of Daniel and Revelation.  Nursery available.  Online adult core groups are also available.  For more details and to register, visit birminghamwomenseve.cbsclass.org.

Kairos Greek

Have you ever been curious about Biblical Greek and how it can transform your study of the New Testament? Now you have the opportunity to learn in a real class with real classmates and a real teacher in a live online format. It’s like having a seminary class in the comfort of your living room or office! And we have arranged for Kairos Greek to teach a class specifically for our MBCC Women.

All of Kairos Greek’s courses are taught online using Zoom Meetings’ interactive whiteboard feature. You will follow the lessons, take notes, ask questions, and engage in discussion just as you would in a university classroom. Founded by Ryan Martin, a Beeson Divinity School graduate and Birmingham resident, this program makes learning the original New Testament language fun and affordable!  Course tuition is $299.

Class day and time is TBD, but please sign up if you are interested and we will be in touch with more details. 

Discipleship

A discipleship group (D-group) consists of 5-8 participants who commit to meeting together weekly for 18-24 months for the purpose of spiritual growth and replication.  Following the daily Bible reading plan in the book, Foundations, they read Scripture, journal their impressions, and then meet to discuss.  Upon completion of the book, each participant prayerfully considers launching her own D-group.  If you are interested in committing to a discipleship group, please click the box to register by August 31st. 

Harvest

Throughout the year, we periodically gather to serve with one of our church’s mission partners.  We have two dates lined up for the fall.  Please register online so we will know how many people to expect.  We will provide more details closer to the date.  Childcare is provided for September 22, but must be reserved by Monday, September 20. 

Wednesday, September 22nd, 9:30-11:00 am: Christian Service Mission

Wednesday, October 27th, 4:30-8:30 pm: The WellHouse

Aspire Movement

Become a Life Mentor for Urban Youth. 
Aspire matches godly women with 4th or 5th grade students to make a commitment of walking alongside them and building a long term relationship that is mutually transforming.  Our mentors typically spend 5 hours a month on average with their student.  Mentoring can take place in school at lunch, in their neighborhood, at the local park, at your home for dinner or a weekend event, or a planned ministry function facilitated by Aspire. 

Contact Kelley Brown (kelleyb@mbcc.us) or blakely@aspiremovemnt.org to get involved.  More info at www.aspiremovement.org

Mentoring

What is Mentoring?
Based on Titus 2:3-5, mentoring is a ministry that benefits women of all ages. An older woman invests in the the life of a younger woman through listening, guidance, prayer, encouragement, laughter, and good company.

Mentors meet with their mentee at least once per month and maintain weekly contact via text, phone calls, email, etc. The meeting format is informal and flexible, ranging from coffee dates or meals out to visiting in each other’s homes to simply running errands together.  Mentors will be provided with discussion questions based on the Equipped monthly podcast content to share with their mentees and facilitate conversation and spiritual encouragement.  While a mentor is expected to pursue and reflect Jesus, she is simply one who has gone before us and can offer insight and wisdom from her life experience thus far. If you’re interested in being a mentor, mentee, or both, please sign up below by August 31st, and we will be in touch.

Parenting Panels

Parenting is a high calling, and we often need God’s truth to reframe our conversations, decisions and next steps with our kids. Each month, a panel of MBCC women with experience and/or expertise will lead discussion on a particular parenting topic viewed from a Christian perspective. Topics will include preparing your teen for college, fostering self-esteem, transitioning into the toddler years, helping a child with ADHD thrive in school, setting limits with technology, and more. 

Please click below to register for one of our first three parenting panels. Location TBD based on number of registrants for each gathering. Each panel will begin at 6:15 pm.

September 12th: Navigating the College Search
October 3rd: Effective Discipline while Shepherding the Heart
November 14th: Helping a Child with ADHD/ADD Thrive in School and at Home

Equipped

Twice a month, the Women’s Ministry will releases an episode that covers a topic related to spiritual growth and faith. You’ll hear from women in our church family who will share both encouragement and practical suggestions. The hope is that you’ll feel more equipped for challenges.  Click here to access the podcast hosted by Amy Pattillo.

Side by Side Care Ministry

NEW!!
MBCC Women’s Ministry is launching a lay counseling program in September. The Side by Side Care Ministry is designed to provide one-on-one short-term care and encouragement to women who may be navigating a new or difficult season of life. In a safe and confidential environment, our care partners offer biblical insight and guidance, prayer, and a listening ear.

Our lay counseling ministry particularly aims to serve the woman who may not seek pastoral or professional counseling, whether it be due to her preference of opening up to a woman or because she considers her struggle too embarrassing, private, or even insignificant. We’re here to walk alongside you and the women of MBCC.

Our lay counselors are volunteers trained through the Biblical Counseling Center. Please note that there are some counseling situations that are beyond our training. When this is the case, professional counseling will be recommended.

This ministry officially will launch in September, so check back then for more info.  If you have an immediate need before then, please reach out to Kelley Brown, kelleyb@mbcc.us

Women’s Beach Retreat

April 21-24, 2022
San Destin, Florida

After a 2-year wait, join us as we rest, relax and refresh together at the BEACH! This is a wonderful opportunity to grow deeper in your faith, spend time with friends, and connect with women of all ages.  More information coming in January.

 

 

Worship Times:  Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 am, Community Groups at 9:45 am. 

 

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