United Methodist Women is 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. United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.
At St. Paul UMC the UMW is made up of three groups:
Meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Christian Life Enrichment Center Room 201 at 6:45 p.m. Meetings begin with refreshments, followed by devotion, prayer, and a program. Their mission is to help Open Arms Ministry, The Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County, and the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch
Meets the second Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Christian Life Enrichment Center Room 101. Their mission is to provide, through their Dennis Memorial Fund Pediatric Medical Mission, selected medical equipment and instructional aids for special needs children and youth ages 2-22 at the Sabal Palms Children's Center.
Meets the second and fourth Wednesdays each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 243. This group of seamstresses sews projects for local and overseas missions including: lap robes, baby and children’s clothing, quilts and afghans for nursing homes, clothing distributed by For Haiti With Love, and more. You don’t have to be a seamstress to join! Donations of thread, fabric, buttons, and yarn are always appreciated.
DITTY BAG PROJECT
In addition to the ministries supported by each individual circle, the UMW also put together around between 100-150 ditty bags each year. These bags full of personal care items like shampoo and toothbrushes are given to the homeless and to migrant workers in our community. Items are donated by the St. Paul family, and the Dorcas circle sews colorful drawstring bags that the items are placed in.
The United Methodist Women also sponsor several large events including our annual rummage sale and the arts and crafts show. These popular events raise thousands for dollars for ministries and missions in our community.