St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Women (ECW )


At the core of our parish is a group of women dedicated to serving God through fellowship and mission. ECW officially stands for Episcopal Church Women, but also means “Everyone Caring and Working.” As a member of St. Michael’s, every woman is automatically a member of the ECW. We encourage women to participate in ECW by attending a General Membership Meeting, helping with one of the many church or community activities ECW sponsors, or by joining an ECW chapter. 

ECW Parish Ministries



Dozens of volunteers prepare food and serve at receptions in our Parish Hall for the families of those among us have passed away. Friends is divided into teams which rotate through the year. If your loved one has died, contact will be Jean Olson, our parish secretary. She will inform a member of our clergy, who will meet with you to discuss arrangements and make contact with Friends, should you and your family request a reception.

If you’d like to volunteer for Friends, contact Linda Berry or Pat Thacker

Guild of the Christ Child

The ECW welcomes new babies and their families! Several months after a St. Michael’s member welcomes a new child, ECW’s Guild of the Christ Child delivers a Blessings casserole, book of prayers, the parent’s creed and other items. Contact: Claren Englebreth

ECW Community Ministries


Cheshire House

The ECW provides several meals each semester to the Cheshire House, the Episcopal Campus Ministry at North Carolina State University. Each chapter rotates preparing meals for approximately 20 students, delivering meals on Sunday afternoons to the Cheshire House near Cameron Village. 

Meals on Wheels

St. Michael’s provides teams of parishioners to deliver meals to the homebound on the first Thursday of each month. Volunteers and substitutes are always needed. 

Helen Wright Center

On the first and fifth Wednesdays of every month, teams of volunteers prepare and/or serve meals at the Helen Wright Center, Raleigh’s shelter for homeless women in downtown Raleigh. 

Backpack Buddies

St. Michael’s sponsors Backpack Buddies programs at two local elementary schools.Volunteers pack and deliver back packs stocked with sustainable, nourishing foods to feed children over weekends and holidays.

ECW Chapters

The St. Michael’s ECW consists of several chapters providing fellowship, study, and Christian service. 


St. Elizabeth

7 p.m. fourth Monday, in member homes

Working and non-working women of all ages, some single, others who have young adult children and grandchildren.

St. Madeleine

Noon -1 p.m., Mondays, North Hills Club

Working and non-working women of all ages.

St. Margaret

6 p.m. third Wednesday, at the church during children's choir practice

Mothers of pre-school to middle school-aged children. Babysitting is provided.

St. Mary

10 a.m. first Monday, in the Adult Education Room

Women “in transition” with teenage and young adult children and our senior members.