Garvagh woman is new PW President

The Presbyterian Moderator, Dr Ian McNie, with Charlotte Stevenson, and seated, from left, Elaine Duncan, Sandra Stokes, Jean Farlow the new PW President, and Anne McNie.
The Presbyterian Moderator, Dr Ian McNie, with Charlotte Stevenson, and seated, from left, Elaine Duncan, Sandra Stokes, Jean Farlow the new PW President, and Anne McNie.

The new Presbyterian Women President is local woman Jean Farlow, who attends Main Street Presbyterian Church in Garvagh.

The PW Overseas Vice President took over the leadership of the organisation for women within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland last week at its Annual Meeting in Belfast, which attracted over 1500 women from the Church’s in 465 PW Groups.

A wife, mother and grandmother to five grandchildren, the new President was brought up in Coleraine and has been involved in PW for over 40 years.

“Since I joined PW, I have always been encouraged to see women living out our PW motto ‘Living for Jesus,’ and seeing women encouraging other women to become disciples of Christ,” Jean said.

“For me it is particularly encouraging to see young women join the ranks of PW.”

Looking forward to her year in office Jean told The Coleraine Times this week: “I am very much a people person and it has already been a real joy, over the past year as Vice President, to speak at PW Group meetings and PW services. I look forward to sharing my mission experiences and our wonderful theme This is the Day with different Groups and PW Services in the year ahead.

“This is a position I never imagined I would find myself in, but God has me here for a purpose and with God’s help I aim to serve Him in this year of opportunity,” she said.

The theme is based on Zephaniah 3:5

“If we commit our lives to Christ we are assured that He will use all of our days, no matter how difficult, for the good of others, ourselves and ultimately for His Glory.”

PW’s principal aim within the Church is to encourage women to become disciples of Christ.

Each group across Ireland also seeks ways to actively reach women in their own area for Christ and supports mission at home and overseas.

The meeting opened with the hymn ‘Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy’, and heard from guest speaker Elaine Duncan, the Chief Executive of the Scottish Bible Society.

Addressing the Annual Meeting, Presbyterian Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Ian McNie thanked the outgoing President, Sandra Stokes of Edengrove Presbyterian Church in Ballynahinch, for her hard work.

He also thanked the PW Groups up and down the country for their generosity and dedicated contribution to the life of the Church.

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