United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women – Purpose

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.



The involvement of Methodist women in missions began in 1869 when the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society was formed. Since then, through our Pledges to Mission, financial support for mission work around the world has continued with an emphasis on ministries to women, children, and youth.

Throughout the years United Methodist Women have taken on mountainous challenges, such as racism, sexism, and exploitation of women and children; successes that would never have been possible working alone.

We sincerely invite you to become a United Methodist Woman and join us as we nurture and encourage one another in spiritual growth and personal development and with others and help to improve the lives of women, children, and youth worldwide.

UMW Activities

There are spring and fall general meetings for all women of Bethany as well as events to raise funds for Mission: a spring salad supper, rummage sales, and Cookie Fest.

UMW Sub-Groups

Bethany’s UMW unit consists of the following subgroup, which meets from September to May.

What-So-Ever Circle

Meets the first Monday of the Month (September – May) at 1:00pm in the Adult Lounge.