Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

We’re Every Woman

The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) is the inclusive circle of ALL women at Christ Church, divinely connected: giving, receiving, and growing through faith, friendship, and fellowship. 

ECW has long been a vital part of Christ Church, working to raise funds for local and national missions, participating in hands-on ministries like Habitat for Humanity and Room in the Inn, as well as hosting inspirational events and social gatherings.

Here are some of our annual events:

ECW Spring Retreat

We enjoy an annual get-away to Kanuga Conference Center, only a two-hour drive from Charlotte. The crisp mountain weather lends opportunities for fellowship and relaxation for women of all ages. 

United Thank Offering (UTO)

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church to nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Look for the UTO envelopes and give generously on Mother's Day Sunday.


Women ages 65 and up are invited for tea and an opportunity to share history and stories of Christ Church past, and consider our hopes and dreams for the future.

Christmas bazaar

Saturday, December 2
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at our largest fundraiser of the year, with over 40 local vendors offering greenery, specialty foods, stationary, jewelry, home goods and more! Learn more »

Advent Luncheon

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM in All Saints' Hall

This annual event features great fellowship an inspiring talk and to prepare our hearts for Christmas. Learn more » 


This annual spring dinner is an opportunity for fellowship and inspiration. Treat yourself and your special friends to an incredible night of appreciation, friendship and inspiration! See photos from the March 2017 event »

Mission Fundraising

ECW has donated over one million dollars to local and national nonprofits who focus on the needs of women and children in the local community and abroad. We do this with funds raised primarily from our Christmas Bazaar and GoodNews Shop.

GoodNews Shop
GoodNews was founded over forty years ago as a continuous fundraising stream for ECW, donating its proceeds to nonprofit initiatives. GoodNews is located on the upper level of All Saints' Hall (look for the green awning) with a tempting inventory of books, cards, pottery, jewelry, food and beautiful crafts. Learn more »

Christ Church Gallery
The hallway walls above All Saints’ Hall are adorned with the work of local artists, both aspiring and established. Sales benefit ECW mission funding. Learn more »

Christmas Bazaar
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at our largest fundraiser of the year, with over 40 local vendors offering greenery, specialty foods, stationary, jewelry, home goods and more! Learn more »

To learn more about ECW's missions, meetings and other gatherings, contact Elizabeth Fernandez at

View 2017 ECW Board listing (PDF)

ECW Mission Funding Spotlight

In this section we share the “Good News” about local and international organizations supported by Christ Church ECW through annual projects and the GoodNews Shop. 

Mitchell’s Fund

The Mitchell Bays Turner Pediatric Fund was established in 2012 to honor the son of founder and chairman, Meg McElwain. Mitchell was diagnosed at age three months with a rare form of Infant Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Mitchie, as he was affectionately called, died just weeks after his second birthday from liver and kidney failure caused by the chemotherapy and antibiotic medications he took to fight his disease.

Mitchell’s Fund supports the social needs (such as utility bills and mortgage payments) of families with children facing the crisis of life-threatening pediatric illnesses. The heart of Mitchell’s Fund is pediatric cancer, but the Fund also supports families grappling with mental illness, sickle-cell anemia, extreme prematurity, chronic diseases and more.

One hundred percent of all contributions to the Fund are used to pay for living expenses, counseling services and travel for families of very sick children. When a child is sick, life goes on in many ways. The mission of Mitchell’s Fund is to alleviate some of the financial stress parents face so they can focus 100% of their energy on caring for and being with their sick child.

Request ECW Funds

Funds generated by the GoodNews Shop and Christmas Bazaar support mission efforts in our community and beyond. To apply for a grant, please download this application. For more information, please contact Katherine LeSage at .