Since 1865 the Woman’s Association has been an active part of the Congregational Church of Amherst. Our purpose: “To cultivate the spirit of Christ beginning with our own lives and reaching out into the home, community and throughout the world” is carried out by supporting both our church and community organizations and by providing an opportunity for fellowship among our members.
We give a generous annual pledge to the church and donate to various church programs, such as the annual Senior High Youth Group Mission trip. We reach out to the community by giving monetary donations to local charities, such as SHARE and the Holiday Toy Store, holding two socials a year at a local nursing home, and donating items to NH women prisoners. We raise funds for these donations by putting on a Holiday Fair and two Rummage Sales yearly. The WA also caters receptions after funerals or memorial services at the church when requested.
The Woman’s Association is governed by a Board of Officers, which meets monthly. Our members and friends meet informally on Monday mornings in the church vestry from 10:00 am until noon, followed by lunch for those who are able to stay. At the Monday meetings we work on craft projects, plan events, or just enjoy the fellowship of the group. We also hold four special luncheons at the church throughout the year, which give our members and friends an opportunity to socialize. It is not necessary to be a member of our church to join the Woman’s Association. Women of all faiths are welcome to participate in our events of service and fellowship. Anyone with questions about the Woman’s Association or the workshops can contact Adrienne Topliffe.