Community Life

Women’s Association

The Women's Association of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church invites you to get involved in our programs of education, service, prayer and benevolence.

The roots of the Women’s Association date to 1810, just after the church was founded in Lower Manhattan. The women’s Seminary Society met in members’ homes to make garments for students attending the newly established Princeton Theological Seminary. Historians believe this was the first organization for church women west of Massachusetts.

A centennial tea on Dec. 10, 1883, commemorated the formal beginning of women’s societies in the church. These groups were formed to study mission opportunities and benevolent giving to various causes. These groups were merged in 1930 into the current Women’s Association. This new organization focused on helping women struggling through the Great Depression. During World War II, the Association shifted its focus toward helping those affected by the war—rolling bandages for the wounded, knitting and sewing for refugees, writing letters to service men, and much more.

Our current programs (active from September through May) are listed below. We also sponsor a Holiday Bazaar in early November to support the ministries of the church and other benevolences. And we host a Christmas Tea for the congregation each December. We welcome you to take part!

Membership is just $15 annually. For information, contact Rita Arlen, president (, 212.247.0490 ext 3041).

Needlework Group (Currently paused due to the ongoing pandemic)
We welcome participants who enjoy knitting, crocheting and embroidery to help create hand-sewn items that we donate to families in need. The Needlework Group also creates merchandise for sale during the Holiday Bazaar each November.
Mondays, 11 am–3:30 pm, Boardroom (fifth floor).

Prayer Group  (Currently paused due to the ongoing pandemic)
Prayer Group volunteers gather to pray for the individuals on the church prayer list, for those who have submitted prayer requests and for those who needs are known by the pastors.
First Tuesdays, 5:30–6:30 pm, Romeyn Room (fifth floor).

Women’s Association Luncheon  (Currently paused due to the ongoing pandemic)
All are invited to our weekly, four-course luncheons catered by Roxo Events. Luncheons also feature guest speakers, entertainment and fellowship. The week’s upcoming program is listed in the bulletin each Sunday.
Tuesdays,12 pm, Bonnell Hall (second floor). Cost is $15.

Bridge  (Currently paused due to the ongoing pandemic)
Tuesdays, 1:30–4 pm, Bonnell Hall (second floor).

Speaking English  (Currently paused due to the ongoing pandemic)
Our volunteers provide free tutoring sessions for non-native English speakers.
Tuesdays, 1:30–3:30 pm, Corning Logan Room (fifth floor).