“The United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole purpose through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; to expand the concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.”
Fairhaven’s UMW meets bi-monthly (every two months) on the 4th Saturday. Each meeting includes prayer, conversing about a program related to one of the areas of focus for the UMW (e.g. Maternal & child health; Human Trafficking; Racial Justice; Domestic Violence; Mass Incarceration; Climate Justice; People with Disabilities). Planning for fund-raising activities are also discussed and implemented.
The UMW receives funding only from its members and fund-raising activities. These funds are used to support UMW’s mission-giving activities. One of UMW’s most impactful activities is crocheting prayer shawls. The prayer shawls are created for those facing illnesses, to bereaved families needing comfort, to newlyweds beginning life together, to pregnant women as baby shower gifts, to local shelters for children or survivors of domestic violence, hospitals and more. These prayer shawls are blessed in worship services and Fairhaven’s congregation lay hands on them to infuse them with love before they are packed and mailed. It is a craft ministry that stretches across the nation! UMW has received an out-pouring of thanks from the thousands of recipients.
Each January, the UMW sponsors the annual “Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK, Jr.) Breakfast,” which provides a faith-based celebration for the local residents with a breakfast and speaker for upper Montgomery County residents.
In February, UMW sends care packages to students & military members who are members of Fairhaven.
On Shrove Tuesday, the UMW prepares a Pancake Supper for the local community. Shrove Tuesday is known in some countries as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day. It falls on a day in February/ March that precedes Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent). In some countries, Shrove Tuesday is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.
On the first Saturday in December, UMW hosts a “Senior Citizens Luncheon” where the UMW serves a Christmas luncheon to 85+ senior citizens from the area. Besides the luncheon, there is entertainment and gifts for everyone! Later in December, we gather with each other for an “Advent Brunch” where we invite all the women of the church to join in fellowship.
The UMW is planning to re-institute “Women’s Day” through a service designed to highlight the purpose and mission activities of the UMW.
To find out more information about UMW or to become a member, please email Sharie Bernard.