What is United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is a community of women who nurture and encourage one another in their spiritual growth, personal leadership and transformation. UMW on the move turning faith, hope and love into action.

United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual grown, developing leaders and advocating for justice.

The purpose of United Methodist Women is to:

  • To know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.
  • To develop a creative supportive fellowship.
  • To expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

How to join UMW

We cordially invite all women of St. Paul UMC to share in Christian fellowship and meaningful outreach and service by participating in one of the UMW circle groups listed .


Connect with a UMW Circle


Peace Circle

Peace Circle Invitation

Peace Circle, founded in 2011, is composed of a diverse group of highly interesting women from a range of faith perspectives. The group typically reads and discusses book selections facilitated by a circle member.
We invite you to visit the group and promise that you will enjoy an extraordinary and varied group of friends, and you will grow spiritually and broaden your world view exponentially.
Peace Circle meets the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m., September – June at the St. Paul United Methodist Church East Campus in the youth area. Yummy snacks and coffee are always served upon arrival.
The next meeting of Peace Circle is set for Thursday, September 14 th . The
program will be a video recorded at Chautauqua this summer featuring a conversation with The Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron as part of the week’ s theme “Media and the News: Ethics in the Media. Linda
Schroeder and Nancy Wilson, both Chautauqua participants, will lead a discussion following the video.
For more information contact Nancy Wilson at 228-327- 0183.



Koinonia Circle

Comprised mainly of career and retired women, this group meets for evening fellowship and study the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Contact Judy Lytle (228-875-8739) for more information.

Esther Circle

Esther Circle is comprised mostly of working women. This circlemeets the first Monday night of each month at the East Campus (6716 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs). Contact Pamela Brown(228-872-0925) for more information.


UMW Reading Program

The Reading Program encourages members to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of member-reviewed books.  It offers an excellent opportunity to deepen your spirituality and to broaden you understanding of our mission work.  Read! Learn! Grow!

Connect with UMW

Use UMWonline, the official social network of United Methodist Women world wide, to meet members, start discussions and share ideas.  You can also join us on  and .

For more information on how to connect online:  CLICK HERE




Pamela Brown

Vice President
Jennifer Carlisle

Judy Lytle

Shirley Hadley

Connie Helmuth

Social Action
Mary Bayne

Spiritual Growth
Priscilla Taylor

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson

Circle Representatives:

Pamela Brown

Judy Lytle

Nancy Wilson

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