United Methodist Women

The emblem of United Methodist Women, the cross and the flame, symbolizes our organization. The cross and flame are ancient symbols of the church and appear on The United Methodist Church emblem. Both symbols remind us of the opportunities and obligations of discipleship.

Paul's words to Timothy have fresh and contemporary meaning: "I now remind you to stir into flame the gift of God which is within you" (II Timothy 1:6, New English Bible). As United Methodist Women, we share our gift of God with others through mission.

As parts of our emblem, the cross and the flame remind us of PURPOSE of growing in our understanding of and willingness to participate in the global ministries of the church. They remind us of our heritage of women who pioneered in service for the church at home and in other countries.

The overall shape of the emblem is also symbolic. Fluid and free-flowing, the shape suggests change and mobility. The women who came before us were at the forefront of movements for change. Always aware of the times, we move with ever-changing circumstances rather than feeling overwhelmed by them.

We are a twentieth-century movement called United Methodist Women. We are a group of Christian women with many gifts who are unified by one Spirit. We participate in God's mission in all areas of life.

Esther Circle
We welcome other sojourners of all ages to join us in our collective faith journeys seeking to better understand God's Word. Our goal is to discern God's direction in our lives. We are intentional about putting Christ's Word into action. You are welcome t... [more]

Koinonia Circle
"Koinonia" means "Fellowship", which needs Love, Humility, Restoration, and Forgiveness (according to Charles R. Swindoll in his introduction to a Bible study book on Koinonia): We really need each other. In God's family, we are interr... [more]

Lydia Circle
Lydia Circle was formed in the mid 1960's as an evening small group for women who worked during the day. Lydia, a first century working woman, sold expensive purple fabric and was the head of her own household. Please join us in Christian fellowship, fun ... [more]

Naomi Circle
Until the middle or late 1970’s, St. Andrew had only two circles – Koinonia, which met in the morning, and Lydia, which met in the evening. When the Lydia Circle became quite large, it divided. The new evening circle chose Naomi for its name. No one... [more]