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Welcome to the Women of the Advent!

Women's Ministry 11But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect
1 Peter 3:15

Whether you are new to the church or a longtime member, no matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, there is a place for you to study, serve, gather, and grow within this active and vibrant community of women. Small groups and Bible studies, monthly events and fellowship groups, service opportunities within the church and out in our city, as well as an annual weekend retreat…these are just a few of the ways you can get involved in Women’s Ministry at the Advent. Our hope is for each woman to be involved in meaningful ways that will challenge, equip, and encourage her until the good work our Lord has begun is brought to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.

Women's Ministry 12Please let me know how I can help.

In Christ,
Leslie Housman
Director of Women’s Ministries

Upcoming Events

Women's Ministry 13Remember when the #1 item on your Wish List was an Easy Bake Oven? Or speed skates with pom-poms on the toe? Or an add-a-bead necklace? Or a pair of Calvin Klein jeans (just like Brooke Shields has on in the commercial, mom!) Or Duran Duran? 
If you do, The Middle is for you! Join us Thursday, December 8 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the home of Christine Denniston, 505 Pine Ridge Trail, 35213, for fellowship, snacks, and a gospel-centered talk titled, “This Isn’t What I Ordered: Jesus Meets us in the Unexpected,” by Nan Broughton. 
Not sure if The Middle is for you? Join us and find out! Come casual—athleisure encouraged, pajama-adjacent accepted.
Questions? Contact Leslie Housman, 205-226-3511 or leslie@cathedraladvent.com

Julie Sparkman, co-founder of Restore Counseling Ministries, will join us on Thursday, January 12 to share an encouraging word with the Women of the Advent. More details coming soon!

Interested in helping with this event? Contact Melinda King.

We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of rest, fellowship, and teaching at Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin, Friday-Sunday, February 3-5, 2023. Lisa Wheeler will be our guest speaker. See below for more details, including cost and tentative schedule.

Interested in helping with the retreat? Contact Gretchen Williams.


This beloved tradition returns! Join us for six weeks of encouraging preaching and delicious lunches, weekdays during Lent at 12:05 p.m. More details coming soon, including preaching schedule and lunch menus.

We need your help to make this series possible. Interested in volunteering? Contact Nancy Canada and Christine Denniston.

Women's Retreat | Save the date

Women's Ministry 14Join us Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5, 2023, for a wonderful weekend of rest and renewal at Children’s Harbor, less than two hours from Birmingham on scenic Lake Martin. Our retreat leader is Rev. Lisa Wheeler, Deacon and Assistant to the Dean at Church of the Apostles in Columbia, South Carolina. Here is Lisa’s description of the content for our retreat:

“When we doubt God’s love, we’ll do all we can to control the circumstances and the people in our lives. When we know we are loved, we can surrender to anything. For this reason, we might say that the greatest battle of the Christian life is to believe that we are loved… and that the greatest question is, “What keeps me from fully believing this?”

In our time together, we’ll consider this question through a panoramic study of 1 and 2 Samuel, using Israel’s first two kings as a mirror. In Saul, we’ll see how our skepticism of God’s love leads to self-destruction. In David—whose very name means beloved—we’ll see how our confidence in God’s love carries us through seasons of vulnerability, prosperity, and personal failure. We’ll see how David foreshadows the Beloved Son, whose trust in God’s love led him to the Cross on our behalf.

Through this reflection, we’ll confess our doubts and enter more deeply into the knowledge that we are cherished daughters of this King.”

Check in begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday evening, and we’ll check out Sunday morning by 10:30 a.m., following breakfast and worship. Our time together will include Lisa’s three teachings and a homily, three personal reflections given by women of the parish, small group discussion, time for quiet reflection and rest, worship, and fellowship.

Cost for the retreat is $185 for a double room and $370 for a single room for the weekend. This covers everything for the weekend: lodging, five meals, snacks, programming, and materials. (Full schedule available here.)

Please register early to help us have an accurate headcount. Deadline for registration is Monday, January 23, 2023. Except in extreme circumstances, we are unable to give refunds in the event of cancellation.

If you would like to help, please contact Gretchen Williams. If you have questions or would like to request assistance, please contact Leslie Housman, 205-226-3511.

Women's Bible Study

Women's Ministry 15Women of the Advent and our neighbors at Park Place and Veranda are invited to join us for Bible study, lunch, and fellowship. We will gather on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Chapter Room. This study will be facilitated by Brenda Anderson, Clariesse Hardy, Leslie Housman, and Jane Menendez.

Please RSVP to Janet Dozier (205-251-2324) by 11:00 a.m. each Monday to let us know you would like to have lunch.