Who We Are

Shandon Women seeks to foster gospel community, engage and serve the women of Columbia, grow in discipleship and make disciples. We are passionate about God’s word and want to share His love with others. Shandon Women is dedicated to providing opportunities to learn and grow with other women via neighbor groups, weekly Bible studies, special events and mission opportunities. 


the well

The Well is a monthly gathering for the women of Columbia, hosted by the women of Shandon. At The Well, you’ll hear raw stories of hope, life change, and the power of the Gospel in an interview format each month, as well as an intimate time of worship.

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summer oasis

Join us on July 10, 2019 in the Gathering Place for fellowship and a message on gospel hospitality by Rosaria Butterfield, author of The Gospel Comes with a House Key. 

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. Her memoir The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert chronicles that difficult journey. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker.

Rosaria's third book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key:  Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in our Post Christian World, blends memoir and theology to warmly invite readers into her home, sharing from her life and experience how "radically ordinary hospitality" can allow strangers to become neighbors, and by God's power, those neighbors can be part of God's family.  

Rosaria is zealous for hospitality, loves her family, cherishes dogs, and enjoys coffee.


The idea of The Table was born through conversations about mentorship and learning from women from different ages and stages of life. Shandon’s rich history and large size have many of us in our regular places of service and worship from week to week. The Table provides women an opportunity to sit down with women outside of their Sunday School class and meet women they might not have the opportunity to meet otherwise. And because around a table and over a meal is a natural place to gather, that’s where we want to come together. 

How does it work?

  • 2 hours, 4 meetings, 6-8 women
  • For 4 months, your group will meet once a month over a meal
  • The groups will be kept at 6-8 people total to include the hostess
  • Everyone will not have the same viewpoints and won’t always agree on everything. You don’t have to convince each other, but instead listen to each other.
  • We would love for these groups to create other groups when you 4 weeks conclude. Let’s be disciples who make disciples as Jesus called us to do. 
The Table will start again in April!


Shandon Women’s Ministry is dedicated to fostering an environment where you can learn and grow with other women in Gospel Community. Each semester we offer many different Bible studies that will fit into your schedule.

We are currently in the middle of our Spring Bible studies. Stay tuned for information about our Summer studies. 

If you are interested in leading a women’s Bible study at Shandon, email Cathy Banks.

Tuesday Mornings

Childcare is available for Tuesday morning studies for $30. You can register your children at the link provided for each study.

God of covenant

God of Covenant by Jen Wilkin

Facilitated by Cathy Banks, Starting Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

Meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m in Room C121.

Discover How God Orchestrates Everything for His Glory

There are no minor characters in the story of God.

Beginning with Genesis 12, walk alongside the fathers of our faith—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph—to discern Jesus in the stories of His people

Over 10 sessions, discover how God orchestrates everything for His glory and the good of His people, and see how the God of creation and covenant is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

emotionally healthy faith

Emotionally Healthy Faith: How our walk with Jesus heals our emotions

Facilitated by Rachel Bush, Starting Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

Meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m in Room C127. 

Licensed counselor, Rachel Bush, will lead the 8-week Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course that walks through pastor Peter Scazzero’s realization that “you can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” In this study, the group will walk through Scazzero’s journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. The study provides seven biblical, reality- tested ways to break through to the revolutionary life Christ meant for you.

Wednesday Evenings

Childcare is available for all Wednesday evening studies at no expense.

igniting a passion to pray

Igniting a Passion to Pray by Fern Nichols and Moms in Prayer

Facilitated by Monica Behler, Starting Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m in Room C127.

Igniting a Passion to Pray is a life-changing, six-week Bible study on prayer. Experience a more intimate relationship with God through a deeper prayer life as we examine the Four Steps of Prayer - praise, silent confession, thanksgiving and intercession.

what matters most

What Matters Most by Karen Ehman

Facilitated by Cynthia Phillips, Starting Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m in Room B103.

The world has always been full of trials, disappointments, temptations, fractured friendships, and financial hardships. Yet Paul’s letter to the Philippians claims we can discover contentment and joy in the midst of it all by prioritizing what matters most—Christ. 

Over 7 sessions, study the ever-relevant Letter of Philippians to deepen your relationship with Jesus, turn your worries into worship, and develop gospel-centered tools for navigating relational conflict and thriving in Christian love. 

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Neighbor Groups

Shandon Women’s Neighbor Groups are small groups of women that meet in homes to study God’s word, connect relationally and grow spiritually. We encourage all Shandon women in the greater Columbia area to host a group and invite neighbors, regardless of spiritual maturity or knowledge. Neighbor groups will launch in January 2019. Shandon Women will provide support as you seek to host a neighbor group in your home. 

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Live Sent

Shandon Women are committed to loving our neighbors and reaching our city for God’s glory and to advance His kingdom. If you are interested in living sent within the city of Columbia, we have a few ways to connect you to local ministries that are looking for women to be the hands and feet of Jesus right here! Sign up below and someone will be back in touch with you.

heart 4 schools

Elementary students who cannot read at grade level and live in poverty are 8 times more likely to drop out of high school.  We want to share Christ’s love by supporting elementary students and their teachers.  Thirty minutes a week could make a huge impact on one child’s life.  Please fill out the form below if you are interested in making a difference at our area schools.

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daybreak ministries

The mission of Daybreak Ministries is to offer practical services in a compassionate and responsive manner that will empower women, men, and families to choose life for their pre-born child. We will offer hope, healing, and the truth of God's love through: abstinence education, all stages of a crisis pregnancy, and during the aftermath of devastating decisions.

Shandon Women can be involved in the area of counseling, organizing supply drives, and hosting baby showers for mothers. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in making a difference in the life of a young mom-to-be and her baby.

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Get Involved

Are you interested in serving with the women’s ministry? Do you feel a call to teach Bible studies? Do you have the gift of hospitality, planning events, or decorating? Do you have a heart for encouraging people to live sent? Or maybe you’d like to welcome people to events with a warm smile and a cup of coffee? We’re looking to grow our team and we’d love for you to join us! Please use the sign up link below to let us know how you may want to get involved and someone will get back in touch with you with more information.

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