Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, who sent your blessed Son into the world to become the Saviour of all, grant to us a deep sense of gratitude for your grace and mercy towards us. Enable us by Your Spirit to reveal your love in prayer, work and stewardship, so that your salvation may become known to all people and your name glorified throughout all the earth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What is the ACW?
The organization, Anglican Church Women (ACW), is comprised of all the women in the Anglican Church.
What is the ACW’s Purpose?
The purpose of the ACW in the Diocese of Huron is to seek to unify all Anglican Women in the fellowship of worship, learning and sharing, which will deepen and strengthen their lives and will lead them into fuller Christian service.
How do I become a member?
Membership in the ACW is an automatic rite. If you are an Anglican church woman, you automatically belong to the ACW in your parish. Membership is free! To exercise your membership, simply attend a regular meeting of your parish ACW.
Your ACW is comprised of the following three groups:
This group of Anglican Church Women conducts the affairs of the ACW in the Diocese of Huron. Meetings are held regularly throughout the year at Huron Church House, London. The following 19 Anglicans serve on this Council:
- 1 Bishop
- 1 Chaplain
- 16 volunteer Anglican Church Women
- 1 part-time secretary
Deaneries consist of numerous parish ACWs. They encourage fellowship and co-operation among the parishes. Deaneries serve as the link between the Diocesan Council and the parish ACW’s. In the Diocese of Huron, there are 10 Deaneries. Each is comprised of approximately 15 parish ACWs.
Parish ACWs exist to unite all Anglican Church Women within a parish in the fellowship of learning and sharing. Approximately two hundred parish ACWs are active in the Diocese of Huron.
Financial support for social actions, nurture and other outreach projects of the ACW in the Diocese of Huron is derived from two main sources, namely: Parish ACW groups and the ACW Diocesan Council. Periodically, throughout each year, Parish ACW’s send their Fairshare donations to the ACW treasurer of the Diocesan Council at Huron Church House. All these donations are forwarded to the National Church in Toronto. The money is then dispersed on their decision of greater need. Various bequests are held in trust on behalf of the ACW by Diocesan Synod. The ACW Diocesan Council dispenses the interest from these investments annually. These funds along with Thankofferings go to support these National and International projects:
- Monica Place;
- Huron Church Camp Bursary Fund;
- College Chapels: Canterbury, Windsor; Huron, London; Renison, Waterloo;
- Children’s Festival;
- Henry Budd Centre, The Pas, Manitoba;
- Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, West Bengal, India;
- Mission to Seafarers;
- Council Lay Training;
- Special Requests and Other Additional Projects