International Women's Day: March 8, 2017

February 10, 2017

International Women's Day is March 8, 2017.  It is a day to honor women and celebrate women’s achievements all around the world. It is also a time to reflect on issues of concern for women, consider where progress has been made and where progress has been uneven and inspire individuals, institutions and communities to work for change.


15 WAYS YOUR CHURCH CAN CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

  1. Plan a Sunday worship service led by all women during the week of International Women’s Day.

  2. Invite a female minister, leader, etc. in your church, fellowship or community to deliver the message during mid-week or Sunday services the week of International Women’s Day.

  3. Invite a Global Women speaker to your church (e.g. “Global Women Day”).

  4. Create and distribute a prayer guide the week of International Women’s Day to encourage prayer for women and girls around the world.

    • Consider inviting diverse women in your congregation to contribute a prayer as well as others with knowledge about local and global issues impacting women and girls.

  5. Host a forum to learn more about issues that are important to women in your church and in your community.

    • Consider inviting sister and/or neighborhood churches to participate as co-hosts.

    • Consider inviting both leaders and beneficiaries of local nonprofits serving women to participate.

  6. Host a panel discussion centered on a current issue within your community related to women and girls

    • Consider inviting both leaders and beneficiaries of local nonprofits serving women to participate.

    • Consider inviting local, state, and/or federal representatives to share information about new or proposed legislation that would directly impact women and girls.

  7. Create a booklet or other resource (e.g. bulletin board) to highlight women who have made important contributions to your church and/or community present day and throughout history.

  8. Invite the women senior servants in your church to share their stories during some of the nation’s historic moments.

    • Consider inviting women that represent diverse ages, experiences, ethnicities, nationalities, etc.

  9. Organize a working group comprised of young women and older women to brainstorm how the church could celebrate International Women’s Day in ways relevant to multiple generations.

  10. Have older women in your church write letters of hope and encouragement to younger women in your church and share a few during worship services.

  11. Have younger women in your church write letters of gratitude to older women in your church and share a few during worship services.

  12. Host a reception for women missionaries and other global humanitarian workers in your church (and sister churches) to honor their service, hear their stories, and provide an opportunity for the church and community to support their work.

  13. Organize a community service experience or event that specifically benefits women or girls.

  14. Host a movie night. Show a film that highlights women’s achievements, profiles key women in history and/or generally presents women in a positive light.

  15. Host a creative exchange event.  Develop a theme related to women’s empowerment and/or women’s achievements and invite the artists, poets, musicians, etc. in your church to interpret the theme through their work (song, poetry, art, etc.).