The Women’s Ministry of First Baptist exists to glorify God by reaching, teaching, and encouraging the women of our church and Hampton Roads. Our Ministry is designed to help women connect to one another in settings where they can build meaningful relationships with other women as they come to faith in God, grow in Christian maturity and live out their faith by service others. Our Mission is to provide opportunities for women to grow in their faith as they make friends who can encourage them on their journey with God. Our Bible studies, LIFEgroups, encouragement groups, mission groups, community ministries and special events are planned with the needs of women in mind! Many of our ministries provide wonderful programs for preschool age and homeschooled children. Our desire is for women to Love God, Love Others and Live the Mission!

For More Information on any of the opportunities below, contact Liz Fentress, Women’s Ministry Assistant, at 757.802.9519 or women@firstnorfolk.org.

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Women's Bible Study
Homeschool Mothers Encouragement Group
Let's Do Lunch
Military Wives Fellowship
Mom to Mom
Project Comfort
Acts of Kindness
Cancer Survivors Encouragement
Sunday Morning LIFEgroups


The Quest by Beth Moore begins Feb. 11, 13 & 14

An Excursion Toward Intimacy with God 

Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question and seek after what we don't know or understand. In this 6-session Bible study, delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him -- a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God. Begins February 11, 13 & 14. Kempsville Road Location: Tuesday Mornings, 9:30 am, Room 300. Wednesday Evenings, 6 pm, Room 317/319. Volvo Parkway Location: Sunday Evenings, (beginning Feb. 11; nochildcare available during this session), 6 pm, Room 127. Wednesday Mornings, 9:30 am, Room 127. Book Cost: $15 Details: Liz Fentress, women@firsnorfolk.org or 802.9519


This group serves to build up and equip one another in our calling as Homeschool mothers through the study of God's Word, encouragement, mentoring, and fellowship. Meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except June, July, and August) from 10 am-11:45 am in Room 317 at our Kempsville Road Location. Leader: Gretchen Gray, mrsggray@yahoo.com

2018 Event Dates: Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, Sept. 13, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11


Join us in the Fellowship Hall at First Norfolk on Kempsville Road for this popular, exciting event for women of all ages. Each month women gather for a one hour luncheon to mingle with friends, make new friends, and listen to an inspiring speaker. Usually meets the second Tuesday of each month except for June, July, and August. Meets at 12 noon in the Fellowship Hall at our Kempsville Road Location. Childcare is available by RSVP. Tickets are $6 and are on sale in the Lobby. Details: Liz Fentress, women@firstnorfolk.org or 802.9519.

2018 Event Dates: Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, Sept. 18, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11

March 13 Let's Do Lunch

Guest Speaker: Jan Herring. Message Title: "Love Your Neighbor"

Tickets ($6) go on sale March 4

Jan is completing her residency as a Chaplain at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in August of 2018. Prior to becoming a wife and mother to three sons, Jan served on three church staffs as a youth minister while working on her Masters in Christian Education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Phillip, have been married for 32 years and have been at First Norfolk for 19+ years. Jan homeschooled all three sons, and later went to teach Bible at Stonebridge School in Chesapeake. In addition to starting and helping others start numerous LIFEgroups, she has organized our “Guest Services” and coordinated Women’s ministry weekday Bible Study groups at the Kempsville location. Her three loves are Jesus, her family, and starting LIFEgroups. She is currently worshiping at the Volvo location and working with one of the new LIFEgroups on site there


This ministry of First Baptist Norfolk provides encouragement, support, and friendship for military wives. All ladies married to military men are welcome and invited! We meet the fourth Thursday of each month (except June, July, August, and December) at 10 am in the Parlor at our Kempsville Road Location. A quality preschool and homeschool program is provided. Find out more about the Military Ministry.

2018 Event Dates: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, Sept. 27, Oct. 25


Mom to Mom is a biblically based ministry designed around the Titus 2:4 concept of older women teaching and encouraging younger women in their relationships with their husbands and children. Each week at Mom to Mom, more experienced moms and younger moms interact encouraging one another through conversation and small group discussion. Mom to Mom meetings are a safe place to bring friends and take place at our Kempsville Road Location. Visit here for more information and to register.

2018 Event Dates: Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17


Join us for Coffee and Conversations on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 7-9 PM! One night, four locations:

The Wilson Home
Greenbrier – Chesapeake
454 Supplejack Ct Chesapeake 23320
Hosted by Kate Wilson

The Thomas Home
Great Bridge – Chesapeake
540 Ashforth Way Chesapeake, VA 23322
Hosted by Eydie Thomas

The Kynett Home
Town Center - Virginia Beach
644 Greentree Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Hosted by Gail Kynett

CURE Coffeehouse and Brasserie
503 Botetourt St, Norfolk, VA 23510
Hosted by Emily Catherine Thomas

RSVP TO LIZ FENTRESS: women@firstnorfolk.org or call 802-9519

CULTIVATE: A Women's Gathering Around the World

March 16 & 17 at River Oak Church in Chesapeake, VA

Join Kelly Minter at Cultivate! Biblically focused and stylistically simple, Cultivate is a gathering where you’ll seek God’s Word, worship with an acoustic band, enjoy the warmth of community and prayer, and nurture a heart for missions. Learn more and register at riveroakchurch.org/events/cultivate


Save the Date! Friday, May 4

Guest Speaker Susan Thomas of Passionate Life Ministries will join us for a special evening at our Volvo Parkway Location. More information to follow!


Project Comfort is a sewing ministry whose mission is to bring comfort to people -- whether that's making a pillow for a woman with breast cancer, an outfit for a newborn in need, or a crocheted hat for a homeless person. Project Comfort is an unpaid volunteer ministry that is completely self-funded through donations. There is much work to be done, and you can be involved! If you're interested in volunteering or donating to Project Comfort, please contact Debbie Allen at djallen1059@gmail.com. Learn more about Project Comfort in this blog post.


First Baptist Norfolk Women's Ministry works in partnership with the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater performing acts of kindness and caring to those struggling with cancer. Our volunteers offer an encouraging word and a snack to eat while having a positive impact on patients, caregivers, nurses and technicians.


Ministers to women who are survivors of cancer by providing fellowship and encouragement relative to their needs.


Specifically designed for Women. Please join us Sunday morning!

8:00 – “Women with a Mission” (Quillin) – FH100A
9:30 – “Women of Praise” (Hardway) – Room 310
9:30 – “Women of Faith” (Greene) – Parlor
9:30 – “Sisters in Faith" (Verhaagen) – Room 128
11:00 – “Women of the Word” (Hipple) – FH100C