United Methodist Women (UMW) began over 140 years ago with a handful of women who were dedicated to improving the lot of other women, youth and children, and today we boast a membership of over 800,000 all over the world. Our church has two UMW circles meeting once a month, Hannah Circle, meeting on Tuesday afternoon, and Ruth Circle, meeting Wednesday nights. Our main focus is mission and outreach to the community and the world.
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 the concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Our meetings usually include a program of special interest ,and a business meeting, followed by a time of fellowship. We support the Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana, the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis, as well as other local charities. Money we collect and raise through several projects during the year helps support the $18 million budget of the global UMW organization.
The UMW Reading Program offers opportunities for study in 5 categories: Education for Mission, Spiritual Growth, Nurturing for Community, Social Action and Leadership. Our library has many of the books included in the program, and they are also available on line and at the local library.
For more information you can visit the United Methodist Women website or call the church office at 217-732-2204