• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Women and GIRLS' Day


    Let the Walls Fall Down

    Women and GIRLS’ Day 2021

    Saturday, June 12, 2021
    1:00-3:30 PM EDT

    Get ready for Women and GIRLS' Day! Come and gather with women and girls for worship and fellowship.
    American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) is hosting our first Women and Girls’ Virtual Weekend on June 11-12, 2021. On Friday, June 11, 2021, at 8:00 PM EDT, ABWM hosts our first virtual Gala. We will begin with worship, our keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley, Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. Plan now to put on your dancing shoes and best disco swag as we celebrate the disco era in fellowship, music, and dance.

    On Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 1:00 PM EDT, our biennial Women and GIRLS' Day program will be held. Women and girls from across the country and Puerto Rico will gather via Zoom for Women’s Day. Our theme is “Let the Walls Fall Down/Derribando Las Barreras,” based on Ephesians 2:14 NIV. Special guests include Rev. Aracelis Vásquez Haye (keynote speaker), Linnita Hosten (keynote speaker for AB GIRLS), and Lauren Thomas-Moyett (music leader). When you register please sign up for community service.

    Programming & Scholarships are available for Girls! 
    Middle and high school girls are invited to attend Women’s Day to engage in activities with peers, worship, participate in a community service project, and to meet with the National Leadership Team of AB GIRLS (NLT).

    Full and partial scholarships are available for girls. Click here to apply for a scholarship

    Register today!
    Registration fee is $50; $65 after May 1, 2021

    Community Service
    During Women's Day, participants will break-out into small groups to create a project that the participants will mail to an American Baptist Home.
    • Make a small packet of Useful Items
      Supplies needed: Felt or heavy fabric, four small packets of Lens Cleaning Wipes, emery board for filing nails, Velcro stick-on (or sew-on), embroidery floss, and large eye needle.
    • Make a Simple Beaded Bracelet
      Supplies needed: Different Color beads, Elastic bead cord, Bead Stoppers, and scissors. 
    • Make a Greeting Card Puzzle
      Supplies needed: Scissors and 8" x 5.5" or any size greeting card. 
    • Make a Card
      Supplies needed: Cardstock paper, colorful paper, glue, and scissors.
    • Make a Bookmark
      Supplies needed: Cardstock paper, colorful paper, glue, and scissors.

    Keynote Speaker: Rev. Aracelis Vázquez Haye
    Ordained minister, chaplain, educator, and community organizer. Rev. Aracelis Vázquez Haye has had the honor to serve in the academy and the local church. Her work with youth and young adults within the church, community, and college helped form community-wide coalitions on justice projects that addressed immigration, education inequality, homelessness, racial injustices, and anti-violence programs. 
         Aracelis has taught courses on community engagement, diversity and social justice, and youth ministry at St. John’s University, Connecticut College, Three Rivers Community College, and Yale University’s Youth Ministry Institute. Aracelis is currently leading a national project with the Association for Hispanic Theological Education (AETH), building a network of theological entities, capacity training, and resources for pastors and leaders in the US, Puerto Rico and  Latin America. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University, and a  Masters in Education from Loyola University of Chicago.  
         Aracelis’ work and passion for DEI work, theological education, and social and prophetic justice is the fuel that drives her to learn more, serve others, and lead with action. Aracelis resides in the Greater Charlotte region with her husband and two children.

    Music Leader: B. Lauren Thomas-Moyett
    B. Lauren Thomas-Moyett is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, NJ, majoring in music education with a concentration in classical piano and choral studies. She has been a high school music educator for the past 12 years, spending the first eight years of her career at Egg Harbor Township High School in Mays Landing, NJ. She presently serves as choral director for over 100 selected students at The Philadelphia School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).
         Love for music started for Lauren with piano lessons at the age of 5 at Settlement Music School. Her love grew even more while attending church regularly with her family, singing in the youth choir, and Vacation Bible School (VBS). It was in VBS where she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Throughout her youth, Lauren developed a passion for singing and playing both classical and gospel music. This soon blossomed into a dynamic fusion of musicianship rooted in her Christian upbringing.
         B. Lauren Thomas-Moyett has been blessed to conduct her CAPA students alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra yearly at their MLK Tribute Concert at Girard College. Lauren and her students also performed for General Colin Powell and the former Vice President, Joe Biden, at the Philadelphia Convention Center. She and her students were delighted to also receive an invitation to the Wells Fargo Center to perform in concert with Barry Manilow.
         Outside of teaching, Lauren graced the Grand Theater Stage as Nettie in the Road Company's production of "The Color Purple." While teaching brings its own demands and challenges, the ministry of music and worship remains the center of Lauren's life. She is grateful to serve regularly as director of the Salem Choral Ensemble at Salem Baptist Church of Abington, PA, and directs, accompanies, and arranges for her own gospel ensemble, Family of Worship.

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