United Methodist Women is the group of women in each congregation that is organized for mission. UMW is the successor to the home and foreign missionary societies, ladies’ aid programs and guilds of the seven predecessor denominations of The United Methodist Church.
United Methodist Women's Purpose is stated in The Book of Discipline, 2008:
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 and supportive fellowship: and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. P256.3
The Book of Discipline, 2008 P245.5 says, “In every church there shall be an organized unit ofUnited Methodist Women.”
Any woman who commits herself to the Purpose and chooses to belong is a member of UMW. Members are expected to support the organization’s programs through prayers, financial contributions and acceptance of leadership responsibility.
Members are involved in everything from the local food pantry, to seeking just policies from state and local governments, to mobilizing millions of dollars every year to support programs that help women, children and youth around the world. Their prayers for the work of mission, guided by the Prayer Calendar and their other studies, are critically important to this work.
United Methodist Women learn about this work through the local units, districts and conferences, as well as the School of Christian Missions, Spiritual Growth Retreats and other gatherings.
CONGREGATION OF FAITH
Bethel United Methodist Church