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.

See the calendar (left or below; click event name for details) for upcoming programs and groups especially for women. Here are some of our annual events:


Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, All Saints' Hall
This annual spring dinner is an opportunity for fellowship and inspiration. Treat yourself and your special friends to an incredible evening together.

We will welcome guest speaker Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander. Though many know Dr. Alexander as a speech language pathologist, minister, professor, pastor’s wife and mother, one of her passions has always been investing in the lives of women, especially those who lead whether in the market place, the church or the home.   

Registration ($20 per person) is required by March 27.  Click here to register »

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.


Wednesday, May 8, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, Blue Room
Women ages 65 and up are invited for tea and a lovely afternoon of fellowship.

Feast and Flora Pop-up Shop

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at our largest fundraiser of the year, with fresh holiday greenery and delicious prepared foods. Find details »

Advent Luncheon

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

ECW Spring Retreat

This is a wonderful weekend for all women of Christ Church to rest, refresh and renew in the beautiful NC mountains at Kanuga Conference Center, only a two-hour drive from Charlotte. Questions? Contact Joyce Cmiel at  or 703-625-7751.

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 » 

View list of ECW Board members (PDF)

volunteer with our partners

Answer Foundation awards college scholarships to women raising school-aged children to help fulfill their educational dreams. Please contact Susan Anderson at 704-544-1988 to volunteer or receive more information about these opportunities:

  • Mentors for scholarship recipients (one year commitment). Those who have been adult students themselves are especially helpful, though it is not required. 
  • Professional Workshop Presenters (Saturdays). We need professionals to speak on various topics at these workshops.
  • Lunch Providers. Coordinate and bring a meal to a Saturday workshop for 30-35 people
  • Marketing. An individual with a marketing or communication background is needed to assist with agency needs.

Thompson Children’s Home is seeking volunteers to come in and read to a classroom of children during their March Madness Reading Challenge, March 25 - 29 between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30 AM and 12:30 and 4:30 PM. Books are available in the classroom, or volunteers may feel free to bring their own. Please contact Lucretia Small at to request an age group and time.

Request ECW Funds

Funds generated by the GoodNews Shop and our holiday Feast and Flora Pop-up Shop support mission efforts in our community and beyond. To apply for a grant, please download this application. For more information, please email .