Methodist Women have a rich history. As early as 1742, women were appointed class leaders at Foundery Chapel in London. They were encouraged to speak publicly about spiritual matters, lead worship, and exhort fellow Methodists to faith. Some of them earned a reputation for holiness and were even the subject of devotional books. Early Methodist women also played an important role in education. They were also held in high regard as wives of itinerant preachers and were considered an important supporting role to their husbands’ ministries.
The UMW once had more than a million members worldwide. The organization is now focused on helping women and promoting its mission work. The organization’s new website focuses on “piqueing the interest of new women in mission work” and “spiritual development.” There’s also a new national membership option for women that want to join independently. It’s also planning to introduce “Soul Care Retreats” aimed at nurturing women’s minds and bodies.
The UMW is actively involved in local, state, and world missions. Members serve as a group at funerals and visit shut-ins. They also write greeting cards, prepare communion elements, and help with various activities throughout the year. They even dedicate blankets to new babies who were baptized.
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