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united women in faith


the purpose

The organized Unit of United Women Faith shall be a community of women, whose purpose is 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. 

From the Local President of United Women in Faith to All Women

We invite YOU to participate in United Women in Faith (UWF). All women of any age, or interest are welcome to join at any time. You need not be a member of the United Methodist Church.

Participation in the Grace Unit of United Women in Faith gives each of us an opportunity for growth in our individual spiritual experiences, as well as experiencing friendships that enhance each of our lives. It is an opportunity to give of our individual spiritual gifts while receiving invaluable insight and gifts from others of different ages and strengths.

Mission is our program. We take seriously the command of Jesus to “do to the least of these” Matthew 25. United Women in Faith hear the cries of women, children, and youth and constantly look for ways in which we can support each other. Through the global ministries of the church, UWF programs help people become as great as they can be. Please join us – it’s an exciting relationship!

What You Should Know About United Women in Faith

As a Member... 

You are one of 170 members in our Unit, which is one of about 50 units in the Prairie Central District, one of about 300 units in the Northern Illinois Conference, one of over 24,000 units in the nation, with 800,000 members, who give 14 million dollars each for missions, which provides a large portion of Missions Funds used by the General Board of Global Missions of the United Methodist Church in 110 Countries.

As a Member...

You are part of the World Federation of Methodist (and Uniting Church) Women with organizations in over 71 countries with 3 1/2 million women involved in mission in their own lands and to other lands. 

Women Join United Women in Faith 

  • to grow spirirtually, educationally, and intellectually, 

  • to be stimulated, to gain leadership experience,

  • to meet other women and to be involved in mission in a number of ways: 

    • Spiritual growth studies and renewal 

    • Mission education 

    • Biblical and theological study 

    • Women in Crisis programs 

    • Child Advoacy 

    • Giving on behalf of persons in mission 

    • Legislative affairs 

    • Human rights issues 

    • Combating racism 

    • Reading programs 

    • Service to the local church and community 

If you cannot attend monthly meetings, you can support us through prayers and gifts as a Supportive Member. "Every Woman in Grace Church can be in Mission"  Please join us - it's an exciting relationship! For more information about Grace United Women in Faith, contact Kathy Carey, President of the UMW via email.

UWF Group Meetings 

UWF meets monthly (not April, June, July, August, November) as a large group for study, fellowship, and required business. In addition, four circles (small groups) as well as a craft group, quilting group, and book discussion group meet for supportive relationships, study, and service. Childcare is provided by reservation for all UMF activities. 

UWF General Unit meets the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30AM. Contact Kathy Carey via email for more information. 

UWF Circles
UWF groups

Quilt Group meets every Monday morning at 9:30AM in the Fireside Room. This groups makes hand quilted quilts like the annual Mission Quilt which are displayed at events like the Mistletoe Marketplace. All of the proceeds from the quilting projects go directly to Missions. Contact Sandy Bray via email or Nancy Lindberg via email for more information.

Book Discussion Group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 12:45PM in a member’s home or the Fireside Room. Contact Cathy Connor via email for more information. 

Craft Group meets periodically. Contact Kathy Carey via email for more information. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Church. Contact Barb LeMaster via email for more information. 

upcoming uwf events

United Women in Faith Book Group

Join the Grace UWF Book Group on the 4th Wednesday of each month in January through October. In November, we will meet on the 29th. We will meet at 12:45PM in person at the church with a ZOOM option to discuss the book of the month. Please contact Cathy Connor via email for more information and Zoom link.

2024 Books
February 28 - Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
March 27 - Crow Mary by Kathleen Grissom

Cinn Sunday Plus

Sunday, February 25 at 9:00AM to 12:00PM in the Gathering Area
Come one,
come all, and join Grace United Women in Faith for Cinn Sunday Plus! With your help and support, we will raise funds for the 2024 Grace Youth Summer Missions! There will be lots of treats, sweets, cinnamon rolls, and more! Tell a friend, come for fellowship and enjoy the treats! All for a great cause! Monetary donations will be gratefully accepted.

March General Meeting

Tuesday, March 5 at 9:30AM in Fellowship Hall 

All women are invited for the United Women in Faith March General Meeting with the Lenten Program given by Pastor Kim Neace and Call to Prayer and Self Denial given by Diana McIlvane, Spiritual Growth Coordinator of Grace United Women in Faith. 2024 United Women in Faith Pledges will continue to be collected by Laurie Chesla, United Women in Faith Treasurer. Checks can be made out to Grace United Methodist Women.


For more information about United Women in Faith, contact UWF President Kathy Carey via email.

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