Women Encouraging Women (WEW) | Christ Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC)

The Dark Side

Facing the hard truths about ourselves

4 MARCH 2022 | FRI 7.30 PM
5 MARCH 2022 | SAT 8.30 AM

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We all try to portray the best versions of ourselves on the outside, carefully curating every Instagram photo or word that escapes our lips. We hide behind the smiles on our faces, hoping to conceal the ungodliness that still lurks within us.

We are women with a dark side, but that is not who we have been called to be.

Last year, Women Encouraging Women (WEW) 2021 explored emotions and how we can glorify God through them. This year, WEW 2022: The Dark Side will delve into the darker layers of emotions that dwell in us and how they manifest in our lives. Join us as we confront the darkness of our hearts, starting with an engaging and foundational talk on Friday evening. The next day (Saturday) will be followed by an exciting and captivating day of electives along with a closing gripping talk.

WEW has always had, at its heartbeat, a desire for women — whatever their age, background and current situation — to fear the Lord as we apply the truth of God’s wisdom to every aspect of our lives, including families, church and workplaces.

WEW is a church event organised by CERC once every year with the goal of teaching and encouraging Christian women to live faithfully for the Lord. WEW is exclusively for women only, women of all ages who wish to understand how the Gospel reality revealed through the Bible should affect their daily lives, and how they can be faithful Christian women. It doesn’t matter if you’re a secondary school student or a mother of three; married or single; Malaysian or not — WEW is for you!

Talks

Day 1
“Why you gotta be so mean?”

Day 2
“Gotta Move From Queen To Clean

Day 1 Speaker: Winnie Lai

Winnie is a Church Ministers’ Apprentice at CERC and serves as the Growth Group Leader of TGG MonSun. She graduated from Monash University Malaysia with a Bachelor in Psychological Science and Business. Previously, Winnie worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist with experience in developing marketing strategies and managing digital project builds for large international brands.

Day 2 Speaker: Vanessa Ong

Vanessa graduated from Moore Theological College, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Divinity in 2021 and is currently a pastor-in-training at CERC. She holds a degree in psychology and was previously one of CERC’s Church Ministers’ Apprentice between 2014 and 2016. She is heavily involved in CERC’s women, children, youth ministries and several university student ministries in CERC. Vanessa is also a partner of Gospel Growth Fellowship, a parachurch dedicated to promoting, propagating and defending a gospel-centered existence for the church of Jesus Christ.

Electives

  • ‘I’m not so good la’
    Asian Politeness
    What we say when we are complimented: “Haiya, no la. I’m not so good la. Where got? Hehehe” 🤭 What we say when others are being complimented: “hmmph, why don't they compliment me for all the effort I have put in also? I also did a good job, if not better!"🙄 Asian girls are known for their politeness. We are shy, gentle, and generally really nice people. But we know that deep inside, we are not quite the sweet, humble, polite person that people thought us to be. We gossip behind others’ backs, we get jealous about others who are better than us, and as opposed to our humble exterior, we actually think that we’re quite good! But of course, we would never admit it. 🤫 Join our elective as we face the dark side of our culture and share some laughs as we unravel the quirks that make us Asian, while hearing God speak His transformative work into our lives.
  • ‘MY children, not your business’
    Children
    Children are a blessing from God. But... it often brings out the worst in us. Am I ready to take on this task of shepherding the little ones in His way? What if I screw it up?
  • Pretty Woman
    Fashion, Beauty, Body
    Cinderella from the outside; Demonella (or demon) from the inside. "You look so pretty!" "Thanks." "So you agree and... think you're really pretty?" We often measure one's worth based on her clothing and outward appearance. A great way to cover our flaws and insecurities, make sure our ideal "self" is well-displayed in the eyes of others. But what if we’re not who we seem to be? Clothing is an outward, visible symbol of an inward, spiritual reality. Real beauty is found in Proverbs 31, a wise woman who is “clothed in scarlet,” that “her clothing is fine linen and purple,” and that “strength and dignity are her clothing.” The implication is that everything she wears—both inside and out—is beautiful. Inside-Out is the way.
  • ‘XOXO Gossip Girl’
    Gossip
    "But it's no secret..." "This person told me..." "It's prolly not my business, but..." We love passing around information, whether it's true or not, at the expense of others. We know this to be 'Gossip'. The line between passing information and gossip becomes finer when intentions of care are thrown into the mix. How should Christian women think about gossip in relation to the church and who they are? Come and join us for the Gossip elective "XOXO Gossip Girl"!
  • ‘Look what you made me do!’
    Manipulation / Narcissism
    "Fine. Have it your way." - Mind Games we love to play ;)
  • ‘I Don’t Care (IDC)’
    Millennials
    "This is too hard." "Everything sucks lol. I wanna give up." "Can I just die?" "I wanna be somewhere else." "I need a break from everything" Do these thoughts cross your mind constantly? Might they imply something that’s deeper? Join the Millennials elective at WEW to learn how to examine our hearts and thoughts for God's glory.
  • ‘I Don’t Think I Am That Bad La’
    Piety
    Can piety be meaningful in modern life today? Or is the notion outdated and backward? How can Christian piety be rightly pleasing to God?
  • '#RelationshipGoals'
    Relationships / Friendships
    "𝑪𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒚—𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒃𝒂𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒏𝒚." This is a common saying we hear in relationship advice. After all, we all want to have meaningful relationships that can fulfil our needs and make us happier, be it in marriage, dating, or friendships. But in reality, each one of us brings a subtle darkness to these relationships that makes it less than perfect — everything from passive-aggressive behavior to a heated shouting match. Some might argue that passive-aggressive behaviour is the "lesser evil" of the two. Others argue the opposite. But, are we all just kidding ourselves? Come join us as we explore the deeper issues of relationships in our lives and how we might tackle them in light of God’s truth.
  • ‘Let’s Talk About SEX’
    Sex / Sensual pleasure
    Many are of the opinion that sex is just a physical activity, but in reality, sex starts with the mind. Sensuality, seduction, sexual arousal, lust, emotional intimacy, desire for companionship and more can all come before physical intercourse even takes place. Join us as we learn what God says about sex and the dark side of a woman before sex.
  • ‘I’m Better Off Single’
    Singleness
    “There are lots of things to do. I don’t have time to date.” “It’s hard to look for a suitable godly man to partner in a marriage.” “I think I can do better without him.” Although the Bible says that marriage is the norm, a lot of us actually prefer to stay single. You can have more time for yourself, have the freedom to do what you love, and not have to be bound to anyone for anything. After all, the Bible says that it's better to be single than married! Hmmm, is that really the case? Well, come join us as we explore the dark side of our desire for singleness, and discover the real problem behind this seemingly godly desire.
  • ‘#LikeForLike’
    Social Media
    Somehow, everyone looks happier on Instagram. Big smiles. Korean for dinner. Bikini at the beach with her other half. Beneath our glossy Instagram feeds lies something far more sinister. We carefully curate which parts of our lives we want to publicize online, crafting an image of ourselves that our peers can admire. Remove the filters and you will find a generation of women more depressed, lonely, and insecure than they care to show in their OOTD’s. Surely women in church are different… right? Maybe, maybe not. Come explore the Dark Side of Social Media with us at WEW 2022.
  • ‘The Respectable Sins of the Busy Woman’
    Work & Piety
    "Keep her busy and let her feel that she is needed, so that she'll never know how much she is working for us" - Satan

Frequently asked questions

  • What is Women Encouraging Women (WEW)?

    WEW is a church event organized by CERC once every year with the goal of teaching and encouraging Christian women to live faithfully for the Lord.

  • Who is WEW for?

    WEW is for women of all ages who wish to understand how the Gospel reality revealed through the Bible should affect their daily lives, and how they can be faithful Christian women. It doesn’t matter if you’re a secondary school student or a mother of three; married or single; Malaysian or not — WEW is for you!

  • Why should I join WEW?

    You should join WEW if you would like to:

    • Discover your true worth and identity as a Christian woman
    • Learn more from God’s Word so as to deal with your struggles in a God-glorifying manner
    • Train yourself in serving ladies in Malaysia
    • Meet new people with various life experiences and who face similar struggles as you
    • Gain meaningful and deep insights that will lead to real change in your life
  • Who are the speakers for the talks?

    Day 1 Speaker: Winnie Lai
    Winnie is a Church Ministers’ Apprentice at CERC and serves as the Growth Group Leader of TGG MonSun. She graduated from Monash University Malaysia with a Bachelor in Psychological Science and Business. Previously, Winnie worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist with experience in developing marketing strategies and managing digital project builds for large international brands.

    Day 2 Speaker: Vanessa Ong
    Vanessa graduated from Moore Theological College, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Divinity in 2021 and is currently a pastor-in-training at CERC. She holds a degree in psychology and was previously one of CERC’s Church Ministers’ Apprentice between 2017 and 2019. She is heavily involved in CERC’s women, children, and youth ministries, while also leading several growth groups in CERC. Vanessa is also a partner of Gospel Growth Fellowship, a parachurch dedicated to promoting, propagating and defending a gospel-centered existence for the church of Jesus Christ.

  • Is there an entrance fee for the event?

    Yes, it is RM25 and you may make payment via bank transfer.
    Bank: RHB Bank
    Bank holder: CERC Trust
    Bank Account: 2-14062-0010148-8

    Please email us the bank slip after you've made your payment at events@cerc.com.my

  • Where will the payment go to?

    Your RM25 will go a long way towards supporting the work of running the event. This ensures that you get quality content via the talks and electives by women who put all their heart, soul and mind into your electives and contribute their labour for WEW. Participants will also receive a special door gift* as a token of appreciation.

    *Door gifts are provided to those attending the event physically.

  • Will the event be recorded?

    No, the event will not be recorded, but all session materials will be yours to keep.

  • Can I join the event virtually?

    Yes, we will be livestreaming the talks for those who cannot attend physically. However, we strongly encourage you to join us physically if you can.

    The electives will be conducted on a fully virtual basis.

  • I want to join more than 2 electives! Can I get a recording for the elective that I can’t join?

    We’d love for you to join all the electives too! Unfortunately, we won’t be distributing session recordings — but all session materials will be yours to keep! There are 2 elective slots scheduled to run for 1hr 15m each, which means each participant is able to join 2 electives. If you’d like to know what went on in another elective, we suggest planning out your elective choices with a friend or two!

  • Will there be creche services available if I bring my child to WEW?

    There will be no creche services available. We would encourage those who are 12 years old and/or have not been doubly vaccinated to stay home as a precautionary measure.

  • I have questions about WEW. Who should I ask?
    Feel free to contact Nency via WhatsApp or phone call (017 282 2740), or Yin Ying via WhatsApp. You can also follow us on or IG for the latest updates!
  • What COVID-19 precautionary measures will there be at the event?

Event flow

4 March 2022 (Friday)

Physical Session (Luther Center)
07.30pm – 08.30pm
Songs | Announcements
08.30pm – 10.00pm
Talk 1
10.00pm – 10.30pm
Mingle & Chill Session | Photobooth

5 March 2022 (Saturday)

Physical Session (CERC Central)
08.30am – 09.30am
Songs | Announcements
09.30am – 12.15pm
Talk 2 | Q&A Session
12.15pm – 02.30pm
Lunch & Travel
Virtual Session
02.30pm – 04.15pm
Elective 1
04.15pm – 04.45pm
Short break
04.45pm – 06.00pm
Elective 2
06.00pm – 06.30pm
Announcements | Goodbye

Venues

Day 1: Luther Centre

Address
Luther Centre, 6 Jalan Utara,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Find us on: Google Maps / Waze
More info on parking & public transport


Parking
You may park at VSQ @ PJ City Center. Click here for Waze directions. The parking rate is RM3 per hour. The maximum charge for parking is RM 15. We encourage you to avoid parking at a reserved parking slot, to avoid the risk of having your vehicle clamped. You can use KipleCity app to pay for the parking or a paying machine at VSQ. The traffic control teams will be at VSQ if you need directions to the paying machine or help with the KipleCity app. Click here for the Step-by-Step guide to register for KipleCity.

There will also be ushers who will be stationed at various points to guide you from VSQ @ PJ City Center parking lot to Luther Centre.

Others
If you come by GRAB, you can search "Luther Centre".
If you are traveling by LRT, the nearest station is Asia Jaya.
For your safety, there will be ushers at the station in the evenings to escort you to the conference venue.

Day 2: CERC Central

Address
Christ Evangelical Reformed Church, 10, Jalan PJS 7/3a, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Find us on: Google Maps / Waze
More info on parking & public transport


Parking
You may park at 99 Speedmart in PJS7/13. There will be shuttling services provided around PJS 7 and our shuttlers will bring you safely here.

Others
If you come by GRAB, you can search "Christ Evangelical Reformed Church".
If you are traveling by LRT, the nearest station is SS15 LRT Station. Lifts from the SS15 LRT station can be arranged.
If you need help with getting here, please reach Sin Roong via WhatsApp or call him at 010 896 8956.

Hear from ladies who have benefited WEW in the past years!

Yvonne Yeoh, Working Adult

“I am thankful for how the faithful handling and teaching of God's Word by the women at WEW has brought so much encouragement to me, and I praise God for a body that continually strives to speak the truth in love till the day our faith becomes sight!”

Caren Liew

“I learnt a lot about God’s good design for women, what is true womanhood as designed by my sovereign creator, and had a renewed view of myself. I appreciate the beautiful truth of womanhood, interesting hot topics and practical application for my life. I am encouraged and I truly recommend WEW to all ladies!”

Lee Joo Hui, Working Adult

“I've attended WEW events in previous years and found them to be very edifying. WEW has compelled me to think through what it means to be a Christian woman, and how I can apply my knowledge in my service to Jesus and His church in the different roles that God has called me to be."

Elena Lo

“It was a great experience for me even though I'm a Christian mum for 30+ years. It helped me to reflect how to become a better Christ-like mum and wife.”

Charmaine Lee, Working Adult

“The overall experience was great. I met so many sisters in Christ who were eager to learn about God and his words. There were even elderly women who came to join us, which was very encouraging. The sessions were edifying as the older women shared their insights to how they have been molded and transformed by Christ to be godlier in their emotions and thoughts. It taught me that all of my being, even my emotions were created to glorify God because that’s how he’s made us for his purpose.”



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