UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW)
What We’re All About
The organized unit of 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.
United Methodist Women is turning faith, hope and love in action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.
Come grow, serve, and fellowship with us!
- Attend compelling programs on topics such as spiritual gifts, human trafficking, and climate justice
- Take advantage of leadership opportunities
- Participate in the UMW Reading Program
- Attend District and Conference retreats
- Read Response magazine
Service and Giving
- Opportunities at Hampton School: Volunteer at Summer Enrichment Time; volunteer to read with students; assist with donations of books to students; assist with the Book Fair; donate toiletries; donate uniform clothing and household items for pantry
- Help prepare school kits for United Methodist missions
- Meet and get to know women interested in growing spiritually and serving
- Become a member of a supportive group of women who serve and pray together
- Participate in monthly Circle meetings, including spring socials, Christmas socials, summer luncheons, and mini-retreats
- Participate in the yearly UMW Unit Meeting
Our UMW Circles
Within the UMW ministry area are smaller groups called "Circles." Each Circle offers the opportunity to form closer relationships through spiritual growth, fellowship and service. Dates and meeting times vary. (Circles do not meet during the summer.) Please read the information for each Circle below for information specific to each Circle so you can choose which best fits your needs.
Circle 2 is the newest circle having formed in January 2016. We are a small group growing together in service, fellowship, and spirit. We would love for you to join us!
- Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Parlor.
- Contact: Judy Rhyne
Circle 4 (Ruth Circle)
"Ruth" Circle 4 is a diverse age group of women offering warm support for each other, enjoyable social times, plus stimulating and inspirational programs. During the summer months, we get together for fellowship and lunch at local restaurants. The name Ruth was chosen to honor Ruth Powell who was a beloved circle member. The name also honors Ruth from the Bible who was in the royal lineage of Jesus and continues to inspire us with her beautiful story of love, commitment, and devotion. We welcome new members!
- Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month at 10:15am (social) and 10:30am (meeting) at Friends Homes West, 6100 W. Friendly Avenue, Welcome Center
- Contacts: Carol Harris
Circle 5 is a diverse group of women who are raising children, work in various professions and are recently retired. We are a supportive Circle open to learning, challenge and variety. We invite local speakers, participate in group study, have involvement in hands-on mission activities such as creating UMCOR Mission Kits, and tour off-site non-profits to better understand these agencies. Our local mission of choice is Peacehaven Farms where we have provided lunches for Habitat crews and participated in run/walk fundraisers. In place of meeting during the summer, we enjoy dinners together each month and also at Christmas. New members are warmly welcomed.
Circle 6 members are a diverse group of empty nesters and grandparents or wannabes. Our members are active in many church activities. We support missions, both local and foreign, with some of our members going on mission trips. We have monthly programs that are informative and interesting. We care for each other and always support members during difficult times. There are always laughs as well as serious discussions during our meetings at our members' homes in the evenings. We welcome new members to join us.
- Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month at 7pm in members' homes.
- Contacts: Betty Williams
Circle 7 has over thirty members of various ages, but all eligible for Senior Day at Harris-Teeter and Belk! All are generous with their time and money, and are real "worker bees." For many years, this Circle ran the spring yard sale to generate funds for the UMW. Programs are usually related to subjects of general interest to everyone. Speakers sometimes come to entertain us or inform us about their various music, arts, health issues, local outreach projects, seasonal church topics, etc. The women of this Circle care for each other and always respond when there is a need or when a member is going through a "rough patch" in her life. Visitors and new members are always welcome, with joy!
- Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month at 10am at the church or in members' homes.
- Contact: Linda Danford