united women in faith (UWF)

Welcome to United Women In Faith. This is a community for women who find deep meaning in their church and are drawn to its fellowship. We understand that life is often packed full of activities and obligations—from juggling jobs to taking care of family. That's why we offer a space that combines study with meaningful fellowship and outreach opportunities. 


As you scroll down, you'll find a variety of ways to get involved, from our enriching Book Discussion Group and Reading Program to our intimate Circles and impactful mission opportunities. Take a moment to explore and discover how you can deepen your connection with our community.

Women's circles

Welcome to the heart of our United Women in Faith community—our Circles. These small groups serve as intimate spaces where women can connect, share, and grow in faith together. Whether you're looking to dive deeper into spiritual study, engage in meaningful discussions, or participate in outreach activities, there's a Circle that's just right for you.


Why Join a Circle?  Personal Growth: Engage in spiritual and personal development.  Community: Build lasting relationships with like-minded individuals. Outreach: Participate in community service and mission work. Support: Find a supportive network for life's ups and downs.


Find Your Circle We currently have six Circles, each with its own unique focus and schedule. Whether you're a morning person or prefer evening gatherings, there's a Circle that will fit into your life seamlessly. Click the + signs below to learn more about each group.

  • The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month in Room 309 at 9:45 a.m., followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Plans informative meetings with hands-on projects. Activities include working at and donating to FISH, and supporting a Salvation Army family during the Christmas season.

  • The group gathers on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 174 at 10:00 a.m. Their activities include projects to support Shepherd's Fold, and planning mission-related programs.

  • The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the Church Resource Room at 1:00 p.m. Members support FISH, UMCOR Kits, and the Salvation Army.  They are also very involved with care of shut-ins. Additionally, the group features a special program every month.

  • The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 309 at 1:00 p.m. Members focus on planning informative programs with an emphasis on mission topics. They support various initiatives including local missions at WUMC, the Carolina Honduras Health Foundation, Refugee Relief, and Social Action concerns.

  • The group gathers on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 309 at 6:30 p.m. The Circle offers meetings that include either an informative program or a hands-on project. The group encourages sustainable practices.  Members build relationships with assisted living and memory care residents in the Williamsburg community, and support Red Bird Mission with digital box tops.


  • The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month in Room 174 at 10:00 a.m.  An interesting program is presented every month. They support Avalon through monetary and item donations. Additionally, they sell RADA knives and kitchen tools, with the profits going toward mission projects. The group also collects children's underwear, socks, and non-perishable items for FISH.

Carol brinkley memorial BOOK CLUB

Join our bi-monthly Book Discussion Group, hosted via Zoom on the second Monday of every "odd" month (January, March, May, July, September, November) at 7:00 p.m. We delve into books from the UWF Reading Program and engage in enriching discussions about the month's chosen read. For more information, click here.


Who Can Participate?
This reading program is open to all church members, from toddlers to adults. You don't have to be a UWF member to participate, nor do you need to attend the monthly meetings to be part of the reading program. Everyone is welcome, and participants can even earn recognition certificates from the UWF organization.


Book Selections
We've compiled all the book selections from the Reading Program Catalogs into a single, user-friendly document. It's organized into five sequences for easy navigation: Title, Author, Category, Year-Title, and Year-Category. Download the document by clicking here.

updates & relfections

We're delighted to share this collection of updates and reflections with you, a testament to the vibrant life of our United Women In Faith community. Inside, you'll find a tapestry of stories, activities, and insights that define us. From monthly newsletters to special features, each link below offers a window into the heart of our fellowship. We invite you to click through and join us in celebrating the joys, challenges, and everyday miracles that make our community so special. To view previous issues, click the link below. Please note that our newsletter is not published during the summer. There will be only 9 issues per year.

leadership team & quick links

Below, you'll find quick and easy access to all the facets of our community. From our dedicated leadership team to a range of volunteer opportunities and global initiatives, it's all here. Whether you're looking to check our current calendar, learn about our Sisters in Mission Senior Residence Visits, or express your interests in specific UWF activities, simply click on the relevant section to expand it for more information. Let's make your journey with United Women in Faith as enriching and impactful as possible.

  • Current Calendar: visit for a list of meetings and events.

  • Sisters in Mission Senior Residence Visits Program: Make a meaningful impact in our community. By volunteering, you'll have the opportunity to visit seniors residing in local Memory Care Residences, offering them companionship, emotional support, and a sense of community.

  • We're thrilled that you're interested in becoming more involved in our United Women In Faith community! Whether you're a book lover, a mission-minded individual, or simply looking to connect with like-minded women, there's a place for you here. Please take a moment to indicate your interests below so we can provide you with the most relevant information and opportunities. From our Reading Program and Book Club to mission opportunities and membership, we have a variety of ways for you to engage and make a difference. Check all that apply, and let's embark on this journey of faith and fellowship together!


    INTEREST FORM

  • UWF Global: Learn more about the transformative projects and community-building efforts UWG Global is involved in around the world.

  • President: Linda Upshaw

    Vice-President: Connie Bland

    Secretary: TBD

    Treasurer: Suzanna Chapman

    Staff Liaison: Deacon Troy Sims

united methodist men (umm)

United Methodist Men is a fellowship committed to the growth and expansion of the church's Christian mission. We focus on helping men live out their vows and commitments through a covenant relationship with other men in the church. Our central question: What does it mean to be a man serving the Lord?


Purpose

Our Purpose is to provide a supportive fellowship for men seeking to know Jesus Christ, grow spiritually, seek His will, and help others find a welcoming place for Christ in their hearts and lives. the UMM’s programs, activities, and special events are closely related to the overall mission of the church.

Open Membership

While many of our members are part of Williamsburg UMC, church membership is not a requirement for joining our fellowship. Any man who understands and accepts the Christian principles and purposes of the United Methodist Men is welcome. Why This Matters: We believe that spiritual growth and community service are not limited to church members. Our doors are open to all men who wish to make a positive impact in their lives and in the community.

churchwide fellowship breakfast

Join the UMM every third Saturday of the month as they host a time for all members of the church to come together!  These breakfasts are a cornerstone of our United Methodist Men community. These gatherings are more than just meals; they are an opportunity for spiritual growth, intellectual stimulation, and meaningful fellowship.


What to Expect:

  • Guest Speakers: Hear from a variety of guest speakers who bring wisdom, insights, and inspirational messages.

  • Offsite Adventures: During July and August, we switch things up by meeting at local restaurants, offering a change of scenery and a chance to explore our local community.

  • Hearty Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious, hearty breakfast that will fuel your body and soul.

  • Devotional Time: Start your day right with a moment of prayer and reflection, led by one of our community members.

  • Fellowship: Spend quality time connecting with like-minded men and women, sharing experiences, and building lasting friendships.


A festive, seasonal breakfast will be offered for $10 for adults, and $5 for children under 12 years of age -- with a maximum cost of $30 per family. All proceeds go to support local and global missions. 

Don't miss out on these uplifting mornings. They're a fantastic way to deepen your faith, expand your knowledge, and strengthen your bonds with fellow believers. 


Please register in advance to secure your spot


outreach opportunities

Wesley Foundation Social Event Funding: We are proud supporters of social events organized by the Wesley Foundation, aiming to foster community and spiritual growth of college students at William & Mary.


Regular Donations: Our commitment to service extends beyond our immediate community. We regularly contribute to a variety of organizations, including:

  • WUMC Youth Program: Supporting the spiritual and social development of our church's Youth.
  • Heart Haven: Empowering adults with a developmental disability to live and thrive in their community.
  • Chaplain Service of Virginia: Assisting in providing spiritual care and guidance across the state of Virginia.
  • BSA Troop #103: Backing the development of young men through scouting activities and community service.
  • The Wesley Foundation: Furthering the mission of this student ministry through financial support.
  • Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center: Helping to provide affordable mental health services in our community.
  • The Society of St. Andrew: Aiding in their mission to end hunger through gleaning and food rescue programs.

UMM Book Discussion Group: Where Science Meets Spirituality

Dive into thought-provoking discussions with our United Methodist Men's Book Discussion Group, meeting on Monday nights throughout the year. This isn't your average book club; we explore a diverse array of topics with a special focus on the intersection of Science and Religion.

Why Join?

  • Intellectual Stimulation: Engage in enriching conversations that challenge your thinking and deepen your understanding.

  • Inclusive Community: All are welcome, regardless of gender. You don't have to be a UMM member to join in the discussions.

  • Broad Range of Topics: From theology to quantum physics, our book selections offer something for everyone interested in the dialogue between science and faith.

  • Expert Guidance: Our discussions are often facilitated by knowledgeable individuals who bring unique insights into the topics at hand.

Whether you're a book lover, a science enthusiast, or someone seeking spiritual growth, our Book Discussion Group offers a welcoming space for intellectual and spiritual exploration. For more information or to get involved, contact Deacon Troy Sims at tsims@williamsburgumc.org or 757-229-1771, x258.

LEADERSHIP TEAM & QUICK LINKS

Whether you're interested in our mission opportunities, our leadership contacts, scholarship information, UMM membership, or learning more about UMM Global initiatives, everything you need is just a click away. Simply click on the section that interests you to expand it for more details. Let's make your experience with United Methodist Men as fulfilling and meaningful as possible.

  • The John Harbour Scholarship Fund was created by John's wife, Helen, and the UMM, following his death in 1988, to honor his service to Jesus Christ, the Church and to the Community. Mr. Harbour was a charter member of the UMM. The scholarship is for graduate work and carries with it an award of $1000. Preference is given to persons who intend to go into full time ordained ministry or other Christian service.


    LEARN MORE HERE

  • UMM GlobalLearn more about the transformative projects and community-building efforts UMM Global is involved in around the world.

  • Engage with United Methodist Men:

     

    We're delighted you're interested in deepening your involvement with United Methodist Men! Whether you're passionate about intellectual discussions, eager to serve in mission projects, or simply looking for fellowship with like-minded men, we have something for you. Use the form below to indicate your areas of interest, and let's journey together in faith and service. From our Monthly Breakfasts and Book Discussion Group to mission opportunities and membership, we offer a range of avenues for you to engage and make a meaningful impact. Check all that apply, and let's build a stronger community of men committed to Christ.


    INTEREST FORM


    You may also contact Deacon Troy Sims (tsims@williamsburgumc.org or 757-229-1771, x258) with questions.

  • Co-Chair: Peter Morgan & John Tressler

    Chaplain: Warren Harper

    Staff Liaison: Deacon Troy Sims

prayer shawl ministry

About the Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry at Williamsburg United Methodist Church is more than just a knitting circle; it's a community of caring individuals committed to providing tangible symbols of love and prayer. Each shawl we create is a labor of love, intended to bring comfort, peace, and spiritual sustenance to those in need.


Join Our Crafting Gatherings

We warmly invite you to be part of this heartfelt ministry. Whether you're an experienced crafter or a beginner eager to learn, you're welcome in our circle.

  • When: Third Thursday at 6:00pm
  • Where: Church Den

Other Ways to Contribute:

  • Donate crafted shawls
  • Supply crafting materials like yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks
  • Donate craft books and patterns

quilt ministry

The Quilt Ministry creates beautiful quilts for various nonprofit organizations in the Williamsburg area.  Special quilts have been given to the elderly clients at Williamsburg United Methodist Church Respite Care center, women given a second chance in life at Latisha's House, homeless patrons served by 3eRestoration, and the residents leaving the county's juvenile detention center at Merrimac Center. Our hope is that all recipients feel the love, support, and encouragement that is quilted into each one of our gifts.


The Quilt Ministry welcomes anyone interested in working as a team to construct quilts. No prior experience is necessary. We will share all of our skills and teach you everything you need to know.


Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 12pm to 3pm in Room 307. Drop in as you are able, at any time, and stay as long as you can. You will find us busily engaged, experiencing great fulfillment, and having lots of fun along the way.  Help us sew and pray.


Others ways to help are to create quilts as donations or supply materials for the ministry.  Needed items are:

  • Individual Finished Blocks
  • Unfinished Quilt Tops
  • Lightweight Batting (not fiberfill)

To request a quilt for someone in need, or for more information, please contact the church at 229-1771

or

submit an online request to the Quilt Ministry team by clicking here.

MUSIC MINISTRIES

WUMC has a wide array of Music Ministries for adults to share their musical gifts. Click here to visit the Music & Arts Ministry page or contact Lou-Anne Smith (lsmith@williamsburgumc.org or 757-229-1771, x107).



ADULT MUSIC LESSONS


Music lessons are available for the young or young-at-heart adult from our Early Childhood Music School (ECMS) instructors. Learn to play the keyboard in group piano classes or beginning guitar.



For more information, click here or contact Anthony Williams, Director of ECMS
(757-229-1771 Ext 108 or awilliams@williamsburgumc.org).

studies & sunday school

WUMC offers Bible and theology studies as well as small groups for mutual support throughout the year. In addition, we also offer adult Sunday School from 9:30-10:30am.


Click here to learn more about our studies, Sunday School, and small groups or
contact Deacon Troy Sims (tsims@williamsburgumc.org or 757-229-1771, x258).