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. We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as a whole person through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

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 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.

Heritage Circle

The group gathers every month on the first Tuesday in Room 309, starting at 9:45 a.m., followed by a delightful lunch at a nearby restaurant. They organize engaging sessions featuring informative programs paired with hands-on projects. Additionally, they actively participate in and donate to FISH and provide support to a Salvation Army family during the Christmas season.

Friendship Circle

The group meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 174. Their agenda encompasses various activities aimed at bolstering Shepherd's Fold through dedicated projects, alongside strategizing and organizing mission-focused programs.

Carol Scott Circle

The group gathers monthly on the second Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Church Resource Room. Members actively contribute to charitable endeavors like FISH, UMCOR Kits, and the Salvation Army, while also dedicating themselves to the compassionate care of shut-ins. Furthermore, each month, they showcase a unique and enriching program as part of their activities

Sisters In Grace Circle

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 309 at 1:00 p.m. Formerly a part of the Sisters in Faith Circle, this group now focuses 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.

Sisters in Mission Circle

The group gathers on the second Tuesday of every month in Room 309 at 6:30 p.m. Their focus extends beyond meetings, as they actively promote sustainable practices. Moreover, they foster meaningful connections with residents of assisted living and memory care facilities within the Williamsburg community. Additionally, the group contributes to the cause of Red Bird Mission by collecting digital box tops, furthering their support for important initiatives.

Ruth Simpson Circle

The group convenes monthly on the first Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 174. Their efforts are directed towards supporting Avalon through both monetary contributions and item donations. Furthermore, they engage in fundraising by selling RADA knives and kitchen tools, with proceeds dedicated to mission projects. In addition to their philanthropic endeavors, the group actively gathers children's underwear, socks, and non-perishable items for donation to FISH. Each month, they also feature an engaging program, adding an element of interest and enrichment to their meetings.

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.

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.

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 interest 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.

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Sisters in Mission Senior Residence Visits Program

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.

UWF Membership

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!

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UWF Global Impact

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

UWF Leadership

President: Linda Upshaw
Vice-President: Connie Bland
Secretary: Susan Sallwasser
Treasurer: Suzanna Chapman
Membership: Janet Henke
Staff Liaison: Deacon Troy Sims