United Methodist Women (UMW)

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

First Church UMW

Support missions globally through individual pledges and locally through Mission Studies and the Be A Blessing Ministry.


The organized unit of 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.

To learn more about UMW missions visit the monthly unit meeting or one of the UMW circles or groups designed to expand our ministry and grow our relationship with God through service to others.


The UMW of First Church – Sarasota has monthly general meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.  The general meetings include a devotional, business meeting, program and lunch.


At First Church there are six circles that meet on a monthly basis at various dates, times and locations. Each Circle has between 6 – 25 members. Dorcas Sewing Circle makes clothing for Mothers Helping Mothers and also knits/crochets Prayer Shawls, as well as sew clothing for the United Methodist Children’s Home. The other circles choose a study program. This small group atmosphere provides an opportunity to get to know one another and develop lasting friendships.

Dorcas Sewing Circle

Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m.  Room 109 in the Family Life Center

Esther Circle

Meets 2nd Wednesday Noon in Member Homes

Miriam Circle

Meets 3rd Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Room 105 in the Family Life Center

Rebekah-Sarah Circle

Meets 3rd Tuesday 12:30 p.m.  Room 104 in the Family Life Center



umw_2At First Church – Sarasota, UMW offers many opportunities to participate in mission work. Be a Blessing Ministry Teams were formed by 2007 Membership Chair Donna Stickler (deceased) to provide a forum for women who were looking for a non-traditional way to participate in UMW.  The ministry teams provide opportunities to reach out beyond the walls of the Church in service to others through Christ.





  • Bless Your Neighbor: Bless your neighbor with simple acts of kindness.
  • Christ, Coffee and Crafts: Make pillows for cancer patients.
  • Faith Works: Participate in various local service and project opportunities
  • Joyfully Offering Yourself (J.O.Y.): Holiday Shoe Box ministry for homebound.