UMW – United Methodist Women

Who We Are

United Methodist Women members serve in their communities and support women, children and youth around the world. While we work together to advocate for the betterment of women and families everywhere, we listen to and learn the needs of the people in our pews and neighborhoods – including one another. Being part of United Methodist Women means the opportunity to change the world and yourself for the better through spiritual growth, leadership development, transformative education and service and advocacy. This is who we’ve been, who we are, and who we’ll continue to grow to be.

The face to face outreach, the community-based fundraisers, the coming together in kitchens, living rooms and fellowship halls to make food, sew quilts, knit prayer shawls or to assemble school, health, layette and cleaning kits is what United Methodist Women do across the country. We host forums and legislative days and prayer vigils and spiritual retreats. While serving the immediate needs where we live come together as na organization to end systemic issues of mass incarceration, economic inequality, climate injustice and poor maternal and child health outcomes. Empowering women everywhere changes the world for the better for everyone.

The PURPOSE of the United Methodist Women:

United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church.

Our work is inspired by our PURPOSE and turning faith, hope, and love into action. Making this statement a living reality is our goal. Commitment to God’s calling, sensitivity to others, openness to new ideas and a heart for mission are all needed to foster the values that are at the core of the PURPOSE.

The mission focuses that can be found within the PURPOSE are as follows:

.        To be a community of women

.        To know God

.        To experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ

.        To expand concepts of mission

.        To participate in global ministries

The vision of United Methodist Women is to “turn faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.” This is lived out through the following actions:

.        We provide opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.

.        We are organized for growth with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.

.        We equip women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments and churches.

.        We work for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems.

.        We provide education experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world.

 Membership

Membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong and to participate in the global mission of the Church through United Methodist Women. The Pastor is considered a member of the UMW and is welcome at all meetings.

Monthly Gatherings

The United Methodist Women meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in Melick Hall for either hands-on mission projects, guest speakers or guided discussion. Smaller groups such as Grace Circle or New Circle meet at various times throughout the month and special programs are held several times a year. The time, location and format of all gatherings and programs will be announced in the Sunday bulletin and in the Tower Bell.

Resources for New Members