Women's Ministries

First ARP women join together in Christian fellowship so

that each woman may be encouraged to grow in her

knowledge of Christ and of the Holy Spirit's power and

may be equipped to serve in harmony with God's design

for herself, her home, this church, and the world community.  


"Circles" are monthly gatherings (during the school year) for Bible study, fellowship, prayer, and projects. All circles welcome new members and will be studying the book of Revelation using Revelation for You by Tim Chester.

Circle 1 // First Thursday-7:00 PM - Faith Room (beginning 9/1)

Circle 2 // First Thursday-9:30 AM (beginning 9/1)

Circle 3 // First Monday-7:00 PM - Members' homes (beginning 9/5)

Bible Studies

Tuesdays 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Beginning September 6

Join to study The Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin. Contact Susan Barron or Beverly Simpson for more information.

Thursdays 12:00 PM (on non-Circle weeks)

Beginning September 8

Join to study God of Covenant: Genesis 12-50 by Jen Wilkin. Contact Kathy Barron for more information.

*Ladies, bring your friends and neighbors to join us! Members and visitors welcome. 


Upcoming Events

Fall Kick-Off - September 25

3 - 5 pm in Robinson Hall

Kick off a new year with new Bible studies and opportunities for fellowship!  Bring your favorite tailgate dish and a copy of the recipe. We will fellowship, eat, and celebrate Women’s Ministries and the start of college football. 

Presbytery Spiritual Life Chairman, Emily Ross Woodard, 

will be our keynote speaker. 

Questions?  Contact Ginger Catoe or Jennifer Krinn

Woman of the Year 2021

This year’s Woman of the Year is, like those of the past, a woman of strong Christian character with a willingness to serve her church family and others in whatever ways God has called her.

More specifically, this year’s recipient serves more quietly than some, often serving in the background, yet with profound impact on those she serves.

She has lived, worked, and volunteered throughout our Rock Hill community for many years, while faithfully serving her family and her church family. In the past she, along with her husband have served on the Congregational Care Committee, calling and visiting homebound members of our church family. She is faithful to her Sunday School class, serving as secretary for many years. She has helped with Vacation Bible School.

She is always willing to provide food to members when called upon; to help in the kitchen when asked; to serve our bereaved members, to help decorate and set up for various events—whatever is needed.

Our recipient has actively served as a coordinator and supporter of the HARPS program and she has been a member of the Women’s Ministries Board in various capacities. In her Circle, she is always willing to send cards to college students and homebound members. Her handwritten notes are beautifully and meaningfully written gifts to their recipients. Most recently, she served for many years as the Prayer Chain Coordinator for Women’s Ministries, a position which serves our entire congregation through both those who seek or need our prayers, and those who are willing to be called upon to pray whenever needed. She always found the right Scripture to stimulate our prayers in that moment. She also encouraged those who requested prayer to provide follow-up reports—reports which encouraged all involved to praise God in all circumstances and to continue to pray.

Our lives are richer, indeed, for knowing and working alongside the Woman of the Year for 2021:Lois Barnes Kirkpatrick.

Woman of the Year 2020

She has been a member of First ARP for over 40 years. During that time she has been a faithful member of the choir, her Sunday school class, served on the diaconate and on the Congregational Care Committee.  She has organized inter-generational movie showings at the church along with flower arranging and tea parties.  In addition, she gives generously with her time, talents and resources in preparing meals for her church family.  She organized and ran the Tea Room several years during the Women’s Ministry Bazaars, has cooked Valentine’s Dinners, HARPs meals, assisted with church retreat meals as well as condolence and Wednesday evening meals.  She is always willing to cook for any occasion and is in the kitchen any time it is open. 

Proverbs 11:25 says; “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

In honor of her generosity and faithfulness to First ARP we are honored to acknowledge as 2020 Woman of the Year , Erin McManus.

The Women's Ministry Board meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30p.m. in the parlor. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

President:  Ginger Smith

Vice President:  Jenn Krinn

Secretary/Historian: Libby Elder  

Treasurer: Michele Harbin

Care Ministries Coordinator: Nora Madsen

Missions and Outreach Coordinator:  Kay McKinney

Hospitality Coordinator: Emma Wilson

Special Activities Coordinator: Ginger Catoe

Spiritual Life Coordinator:  Open Position

Staff Liaison: Connie Kiser, DCE

Prayer Chain: Jeanie Revell

Library Coordinator: Betsy Dreier