The United Methodist Women (UMW) at Bethel UMC is a small group of ladies who are mission-minded. The UMW was created to help support missions outside of the general budget and workings of the church. This allows the women to work with all different sized missions around the world and locally, without having to take money out of their church’s general budget.

Our particular UMW group is called JOY Circle. We generally meet on the 3rd Thursday night of each month at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. We bring a dish to share, eat a snack dinner together, and then plan how we will carry out particular mission endeavors. There are some months where the meeting will change. That info will be in the bulletin and will go out via eNews.

Some general things we do throughout the year include our Ladies Tea (June 13, 2020), support the mission team with a bake sale at their Fish Fry, increase our own spending budget with a bake sale at the UMM’s BBQ and Chicken Fry each year, we provide JOY Boxes of Hugs at Christmas for those who need a lift and a hug. We just kicked off our first Mission Lunch & Learn. And we provide dinner and personal engagement for residents at Calvary Refuge Center. Basically if a need comes up, or a special mission we need to tap into and work with, we do it.

Our funding comes from the bake sales and also from the pledges/offerings of those who come to our meetings. The rule is, we must give our money away every year and start over! So, in January, we enjoy deciding how we’ll divide up the gifts that have come in and then we send the dollars off in God’s name.

We are part of the Griffin District UMW and when we can we participate in both district and North Georgia Conference events. Some of these are worship events and some mission events. It’s always wonderful to participate with other Christians who are learning, growing and caring together!

For more information about the overall UMW, please go here.

We hope to see you at a meeting, or at an event.

If you need more info, please contact Kellie. Thanks!

The PURPOSE of United Methodist Women

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.

Out of the Purpose are four mission foci that relate to the mission initiatives and priorities of United Methodist Women.

  • To be a community of women
  • To know God
  • To develop a creative and supportive fellowship
  • To expand concepts of mission