The Founders of Study & Sip are two friends Aurelia Daniels (Left) and Andrea "Annie" Riles (Right). While on a road trip, Aurelia and Annie had an idea to create a Bible Study that fostered sistahood in a non judgmental environment. On July 7, 2018, they hosted their first Study & Sip Bible Study in Chicago with a bonfire overlooking Lake Michigan. Several women joined to commit to studying God's Word to themselves, their sistas, and most importantly their Savior. Though Study & Sip began with a hybrid Bible Study (in person and online), God quickly called for expansion of that vision.
On February 11, 2019, God placed it on Aurelia's heart to pray for the Study Sistas. Aurelia recorded the prayer and posted it in the GroupMe group chat. The sistas expressed a desire to pray corporately on a regular basis. So on February 18, 2019, the first weekday prayer call was hosted. Study Sistas begin to share the information about the prayer call with friends and family and the prayer call numbers grew rapidly. So many women joined the call on February 25, 2019 that the prayer call crashed! This was confirmation for Annie and Aurelia that Study & Sip was something that God had truly ordained. In response, Annie and Aurelia switched platforms for the prayer call to accommodate the growing demand. To date, the prayer call continues to grow in number with women joining from several states including Alabama, New York, California, Washington, Texas, Indiana, and Georgia.
After a few months of hosting Bible Study and Prayer Calls, Annie and Aurelia answered God's call to expand the ministry of Study & Sip to include the Sista Support Line offering prayer and support to sistas via phone. With Study & Sip progressing from an idea to a full on ministry providing impactful and quality services to women, Annie and Aurelia decided to legitimize the brand and business of Study & Sip. On June 10, 2019, Study & Sip became an official non-profit organization with 501 (c) (3) status.
Study & Sip is a platform for women to uniquely encounter God while cultivating and promoting spiritual sistahood and self improvement.
Study & Sip is the spark of a movement which empowers women to love ourselves, our sistas, and our Savior without boundaries!
We believe that Jesus is the One and Only living God who died to save us from eternal damnation. We also believe that as Christians, we have the task of living a life that glorifies our Risen Savior. Though it seems easy on the surface, it is a difficult task when the pressures and pleasures of this world are consistently distracting us. Which is why we also believe in the power of Spiritual Sistahood. We believe that life as a Christian is stronger when you have the love and accountability of Sistas. We believe that loving and living for God is fun and fulfilling! We believe that God can show up in unconventional settings which is why we are committed to exploring ways to glorify God outside of church walls and traditions. We believe in building the the Kingdom of God by offering our time, talent and treasure to win souls to Christ. We believe in being our authentic selves in the presence of God and our Study Sistas.
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