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Women’s Ministries

This year the Department has focused its attention in Areas 6 and 7 providing four specific training sessions for Women’s Ministry Leaders during January – July 2016.  The attendance was good and the input given by the women has been incorporated into the Department’s overall strategy.

In May 2016 we launched our first Women’s Retreat at the Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon entitled “Women Inspiring Women.”  One hundred and eighty women were in attendance.  At the retreat, we introduced the Woman of Virtue Programme.  A detailed presentation was made by Sharon Platt-McDonald, Founder of the programme & BUC Women’s Ministries, Health & Disabilities Director.  As a result twenty-five women expressed their interest to learn more about the programme.  We were also blessed and challenged by guest speaker Dr Olive Hemmings, from Washington Adventist University and Sophia Nicholls SEC Disability Ministries & Diversity Director.

The month of June (6-12th) ushered in the celebration of ten women who graduated from the School of Evangelism ‘Woman to Woman’ cohort at Camp Meeting.

During August 2016 we ran a Fun Club for 6-13 year-olds at the Hyland House School, Tottenham (8-19th August).  We had twenty-two children from the local church & community.  Our intention was to give some support to parents during the summer holidays when the help and support is at its greatest need.  We hope to run the Fun Club during the half term break 13-17th February 2017.  We would also like to duplicate the programme in other Areas around the SEC.  If any church is interested, we would be happy to hear from you.

October 2016 proved a very busy time with three major events.  The first was our Leadership Conference (9th October) “For Such a Time As This: A Call To Action For Women” with guest speaker Jackie Lynton, NEC Community Ministries, Health & Disability Director.  Fifty women attended the Conference at the Advent Centre where they gained skills, tips, shared insights and were challenged on their thinking regarding ministry.

On 23rd October 2016 the NEC & SEC joined forces at the Milton Keynes Church with approximately fifty volunteers in attendance for the Woman of Virtue event.  Those who attended gained a deeper understanding of the programme (thirteen segments on different aspects of a woman’s life) and were enthusiastic about taking the plan back to their churches.  Training in this area is ongoing.

On 24th October 2016 we ran an Effective Communication Skills course.  This is a pilot course focusing on three areas (a) to build confidence in communication, (b) goal setting, identifying values & spiritual gifts and (c) a sociological perspective on women, faith & culture.  We had fourteen attendees.  Part two of this course will take place on 15th January 2017, venue to be confirmed.

The Department continues to work with the Cornerstone Counselling Service to identify professional women in the counselling field within our churches who would like to work in partnership with the service on a voluntary basis.  Please get in touch if you are interested.

I would like to thank my Secretary Ligia Buzac and the SEC Women’s Ministries Advisory TUF Team Volunteers for their time, support, commitment and effort.

May God help us all to be True to our calling, United to God, and Faithful in Service until He comes.

Pastor Maslin Holness

Women’s Ministries Director


Dates For Your Diary
Event Date Info Venue
Evangelism Expo 8th January 2017 Newbold College, Bracknell
Kids Holiday Fun Club

‘Mums Time Out’

13-17th February 2017 Hyland House School, N17
Domestic Violence


21st February 2017 SEC & Women’s Aid

10am – 5pm

BUC Headquarters,


Woman’s Day of Prayer 4th March 2017 All Churches