United Methodist Women Groups
First Church has two United Methodist Women’s groups that offer ladies a time of fellowship and education with other women. Our 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. A national reading program and mission initiatives are hallmarks of the UMW!
Each circle meets monthly, and we meet together as a unit 4 times a year. Our unit is also a part of the Heartland Central District and we all work together in the area to support women and children. One of our unit’s local projects is the Della Lamb Neighborhood House and Charter School. At Christmas time, the Good Samaritan Circle makes and fills stockings for the children, and the Patience Circle donates and wraps gifts for the children to give to their parents. We usually have a van stuffed full of things for the Christmas Store! We also support Spofford Home for children by joining other area units for a “Stone Soup” dinner each spring to raise funds for Spofford. On a local level, UMW has partnered with the Community Services League with the “Tennies for Kids” program, collecting new tennis shoes for needy children in the Independence area. UMW is always looking for ways we can help support others. Other programs and projects vary throughout the year.
Good Samaritan Circle
The Good Samaritan Circle meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the church, except January, July and August.
The Patience Circle meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in member's homes or at the church. Look forward to a few summer day trips too!
In addition to our regular meetings, we also sponsor the "Chat and Tat" group where ladies come together to sew, knit, do hand work, etc. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the church. The Chat and Tat group is currently making prayer shawls to share with those in the community that need them. Click here for more information on the prayer shawl ministry.