Canterbury UMC
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

United Methodist Women

  • Empowers women to take action and make a difference in their communities and the world.
  • Provides a voice to express their ideas, needs, concerns, and interests.
  • Lets you become socially and environmentally active while developing meaningful and lasting friendships.
  • Enables you to make a difference in other people's livies by challenging the status quo, and by working for justice and peace while growing spiritually through worship, bible study, and prayer.
  • Helps you develop leadership skills.
  • Allows you to financially support institutions and projects that empower women, children, and youth in the United States and around 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 concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church."

United Methodist Women are organized for mission locally and globally. In 1869, we started out with 6 members, but today there are nearly 1,000,000. Members are of all ages, races, cultures, and languages. They seek wholeness for themselves and for others, especially women, youth, and children.
United Methodist Women's mission-giving is at work in 103 mission institutions here in the United States and in nearly 300 programs and institutions in more than 58 countries around the world.

The United Methodist Women of Canterbury are constantly on a mission (actually several missions!). In fact, just last year, your UMW raised and distributed just under $22,000 for a variety of mission projects including the Southwest Center, Camp Sumatanga, Fair Haven, missionary support, and ministries within the church. But that’s not all: these ladies provide woman power to many of the church’s Outreach projects like Brown Bag and Stop Hunger Now. 

And just who are these special ladies? They are young professionals and they are grandmothers. They may be any age, though most are between 25 and 99 years old. They come from Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Homewood and other areas all with one purpose in mind: to serve God. And not only do they commit themselves to service, they have fun doing it! 

Click here to see UMW published ad in Response Magazine.

The United Methodist Women of Canterbury have helped many in and around Birmingham. Below are some organizations our UMW has assisted:
Camp Sumatanga
(Camp scholarships for underprivileged children)
Methodist Homes for the Aging
(Fairhaven Fountain of Love)
Highlands UMC Outreach Ministry
(Food, clothing and assistance to homeless)
Moss Point, Mississippi Mission
(Materials for repairing homes after Hurricane Katrina)
(Meals for homeless women and children)
United Methodist Residential Alternatives
(Provide homes for adults with mental disabilities)
Urban Kids (Urban Ministry)
(Summer camp field trip)
Cornerstone School
(Teacher professional development)
McCoy Adult Day Care (Senior Citizens)
(Assistance with installation of delayed egress door system)

UMW members can be involved through prayer, giving, attending meetings, study, action, or service. Once a month the members meet in small groups called "circles". Each circle engages in two annual studies: a Spiritual Growth (Bible-based) study, and a Global Concern (or mission) study. This year's spiritual growth study is on opening our hearts to the gift of faith through Jesus Christ. The mission study will focus on a narrative of the history and present issues from  a Native American Indian perspective or some will study issues concerning Israel and Palestine. All enjoy special speakers, good food, and great fellowship.

The UMW would like to invite you to be a part of this fun and rewarding organization. Short on time? You can devote as little as an hour and a half each month. Plus you can choose which circle you want to attend. You can also attend the General Meeting Programs whether you join a circle or not. For more information on your UMW, call President Karen Sanders at 967-0957 or Thanks for continuing to support the UMW projects that support missions!
Click Here for Circle Groups (meeting locations)
Click Here to see the Calendar of Events
Click Here for photos from Tea & Tablescapes Fundraiser April 6, 2014