United Methodist Women

UMWlogoUnited Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.

Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.


United Methodist Women are a community of women whose purpose is:

  1. To Know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
  2. To develop a creative and supportive fellowship
  3. To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

United Methodist Women and The United Methodist Church’s principles and values include:

  • Promoting the empowerment of women, children and youth.
  • Promoting anti-racism and multiculturalism.
  • Promoting inclusion and equity.
  • Promoting fair labor practices.
  • Promoting economic and environmental stewardship and sustainability.

UMW Circles

The Lydia Circle meets on the third Tuesday evening of every month at 7:00 p.m. in member’s homes. Contact Debbie Miller at dmiller@franklinfumc.org for location.
The Mary-Martha Circle meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in Room B-136 at our Main Campus.

This circle has selected a project of helping in The Giving Garden. They are currently working on a new program book that has coloring pages for each of their lessons as a fun addition to their monthly meetings.

The Susanna Circle meets monthly on alternating Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Contact Beth Ward at we4wards@yahoo.com for specific dates and locations.

One of their fun projects to begin 2018 was to create Christmas books out of old Christmas Cards for each baby born in 2017. Memories that will last a lifetime.

The Sisters Circle meets on the fourth Sunday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Contact Debbie Miller at dmiller@franklinfumc.org for location.

In January 2018, some of their members helped with the Human Trafficking Conference. This Circle is sponsoring a child in Guatemala with the money they collect in their “Thank” offering jars. Their small notes and care packages that to with our missions teams when they go on mission to Guatemala make such a difference to their sponsor family.

The Quilting Circle meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Room A-213 at the Main Campus.
The Ruth Circle meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in Room B-136 at our Main Campus.

The Ruth Circle continues to send personal notes to those in our congregation who are in nursing homes.

A circle for young women on the 3rd Thursday of the month in Room B-136.

Their February 2018 gathering was with several of your 415Youth girls to cook Cajun food. In December the 415 Youth girls had a childcare day for the children of the circle members. Stay tuned for details on more ways this young circle connects with the community and congregation.  Contact Mary Ann McGinley for additional information.

The Purpose is adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church as the official mission statement of 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.