Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Ministry Network

Episcopal Church Women is a ministry that affirms women’s gifts and helps offer them in service to others.

Scope:

The ECW helps raise funds for outreach ministries by coordinating with women in the church to help assist with charities like United Thank Offering. ECW works from a nucleus rooted in parish chapters that then reach out with and through other organizations to identify agencies that need support and to assist in fundraising for their ministries.

Meeting & Contact Information:

  • Regular Meetings: ECW holds an annual meeting once a year where officers are elected. 
  • Public Events: Other events the ECW is involved in include: Fall United Thank Offering; Quiet Day; Province One meeting for ECW; parish and board meetings. 
Primary contact for Ministry NetworkElizabeth (Betty) Silva
Contact phone Number
Contact email addressbetty.silva@att.net
Secondary contact for Ministry NetworkGloria Rodgers
Contact phone Number
Contact email addressgrodgers878@yahoo.com

Active Parishes:

  • St. John’s,  Bridgeport
  • St. Mary’s Manchester
  • and many more!

Other Information:

  • Officers are elected at the annual meeting among women throughout the state, but the ministry encourages grass-roots involvement and coordination on parish levels.
  • The national ECW (website here) organizes the Triennial meeting, which meets at the same time and place as The Episcopal Church’s General Convention. Diocesan chapters elect representatives to attend. The national ECW organizes Sunday worship during General convention, which includes a symbolic collection of United Thank Offering donations from every participating diocese.

Announcements:

The board of ECW invites parishes in need of funding to support existing or start-up Outreach Ministries to apply for a grant. Contact Betty Silva for more information.

Applications for the Clergy Daughters Scholarship Program are being accepted now. There is no deadline for submissions. Applications must be between the ages of 17-25 and planning to enroll or currently enrolled in an undergraduate or vocational training institution.  For an application please contact Betty Silva at ecwct@yahoo.com

The board of the Episcopal Church women is in need of a secretary to serve until May 2024. As a member of the board she will be responsible for keeping an accurate account of the meetings. There are three or four meetings a year that she will be expected to attend. A lap top computer will be available for her use in that position. If interested, please contact Betty Silva at ecwct@yahoo.com.