The Women’s Benevolent Society was established in 1803 to promote the missionary activities as well as the social and spiritual life of the women of the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow. The society is thought to be the oldest continuously active women’s group of its kind in the country.
Meetings are held on the first Friday of October through May. A potluck luncheon is served followed by a brief business meeting and a program. The annual “Church on the Green” Christmas Fair, held on the first Saturday in December, is the groups major fundraising project from which all the proceeds are donated to local charitable organizations. Pictures from the most recent Christmas Fair can be viewed on our Flickr page.
The 2015 annual meeting included a program “Cuba: Cars and Culture,” presented by award winning photographer and global traveler, Amy Dane. Pictures from the annual meeting can be viewed on our Flickr page.
The History of the Women’s Benevolent Society was presented as part of our Heritage Sunday program on October 20, 2013 and is available in a two-part video series: