Women’s Benevolent Society

Women’s Benevolent Society

Members of the Women's Benevolent Society

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.

Program meetings that include a potluck lunch are usually held on the first Friday of September through May. Planning meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 10:15am.  All these meetings are open to the women of First Church and their friends.  Representatives from the area causes WBS helps support are also invited to the planning meetings.

Please enjoy these photos from recent WBS events:

Women's Benevolent Society Events

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 album.

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:

[Watch part 1]   [Watch part 2]