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Thursday, April 09, 2020
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United Methodist Women

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.




Our United Methodist Women offer five different circles for women to join.  All of our circles have various mission projects throughout the year.  Each year a portion of their money raised goes to Mississippi United Methodist Conference Mission Projects, including Moore Community House in Biloxi and Edwards Street Mission in Hattiesburg.

To learn more about a circle, click on its title below:

Carolyn Barrentine Circle

Ellenita Circle

Ethel Vaughn Circle

Faith Circle


UMW Prayer
May the words of my mouth,
And the meditations of my heart,
Be acceptable in thy sight,
Oh Lord, My Strength,
And My Redeemer.


The Emblem:

 The official emblem for The United Methodist Church combines the cross and a flame symbolizing the Holy Spirit. The emblem for United Methodist Women likewise includes the cross and flame.

The cross and flame are ancient symbols of the church dating back to the days of Christ and Pentecost. Each evokes images of sacrifice, witness, and service. They remind us of both the opportunities and obligations of discipleship. Paul's ancient words to Timothy have fresh and contemporary meaning: "...I now remind you to stir into flame the gift of God which is within you." (II Timothy 1:6a-NEB)

As part of the emblem for United Methodist Women, these symbols remind us of our PURPOSE of helping women to grow in their understanding of, and willingness to participate in, the mission of the church. These also remind us of our heritage, of women who pioneered in service for the church at home and abroad and in organizing women for mission service and support in many areas of need.

The shape of the emblem is likewise symbolic. It is fluid and free-flowing; suggesting change and mobility. As organized groups of women, this has been our heritage. Often at the forefront of movements for change, at times supporting the projects initiated by others, we strive to be aware of the times and to move with events rather than be overwhelmed by them.

The cross, the flame, and the individual with her abilities and opportunities--all are elements of a vibrant, contemporary movement for United Methodist Women.


I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what you will. Rank me with whom you will. Put me to doing; put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full. Or let me be empty. Let me have all things. Or let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.   Amen

-John Wesley
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