The United Methodist Women (UMW) participate in a variety of activities, supporting mission projects in the community, the nation and the world, and the participants have a great deal of fun and fellowship. The group is open to any woman in the church or community – there is no need to be a member of Friendship United Methodist Church.
The UMW at Friendship is made up of three groups-the Dorcas-Lydia Circle (meeting monthly on a week day), the Tabitha Circle (meeting monthly on a week night) and the Sarah Circle (meeting quarterly on an as-designated date). Each circle holds its own meetings and plans its own activities, but projects often jointly involve the members of all circles. There is a UMW Executive Committee for Friendship that handles general UMW business for the church and serves as the interface with the Annapolis District UMW and Baltimore-Washington Conference UMW.
The primary activity of the UMW is mission work, with a special emphasis on the needs of women and children. The UMW holds fundraisers and uses the money collected to support mission projects. Some are supported directly, while others are funded through the Friendship UMW’s yearly pledges and financial commitments to the district and conference UMW.
The UMW also provides an opportunity for personal growth and fellowship. The circle meetings often include a program by either a member or guest speaker, with programs based on scripture passages and issues of interest to women. Both the conference and district also offer a variety of programs, publications and other resources. Each circle holds a monthly meeting and also plans a variety of activities and outings-some for specific mission projects and some just for fun. From church dinners, picnics at members’ homes, ladies’ nights out, shopping trips, pottery painting or gathering for coffee, the opportunities to have fun and get to know other women at Friendship United Methodist Church abound.