The United Methodist Women have been an important part of the church throughout its history. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the group was known as the Carolyn Brown Mission Society. As time went on there were many names; Womens Christian Society, Womens Society of Christian Service, and around 1968 became United Methodist Women (UMW).
In the 1960s and 1970s UMW held fundraising dinners with attendances of around 100 people. There were usually 5 or 6 circles within the group that would meet individually, then the whole group would meet monthly as UMW.
The UMW visits groups that we help fund, including Hospice, Hew Hope, and Rockford Urban Ministries (RUM).
Currently, Centennial has about 20 members in UMW, with 2 of those having been District Officers; Pam Herriott and Mary Magnuson. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month (except August) and have varied lessons with discussion and guest speakers.
The Purpose of the United Methodist Women
The Purpose is adopted by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church as the official mission statement of United Methodist Women:
“The United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose 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”