Turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.
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.
MANDARIN UMW – 50+ Years and Moving Forward in Mission
MUMW proudly celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2014, but we are not resting on those laurels. We are an active group of more than 175 women of all ages who are finding new and exciting ways to be connected with local and global missions. MUMW currently has four daytime and three nighttime circles where we fellowship, study how we can serve in God’s world and engage in many local mission projects– getting our hands dirty in the messy business of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Education and Spiritual Growth
MUMW hosts quarterly meetings at the church to promote awareness of ways to become involved in our community. These meetings are open to all women of the church. They are a great time to come out to see what MUMW is all about and where you might want to join in for fellowship and Christian growth through hands-on ministries.
Mission and Outreach
MUMW hosts an annual Craft Fair the first Saturday in October that draws in many from the Mandarin community. This fundraiser makes most of the money we then give to missions. In 2015 and early 2016, we gave over $13,000 to 14 different missions, mostly in the Jacksonville area. In addition to the Craft Fair donations, our circle members give many hours volunteering at places such as Developmental Learning Center, PACE Center for Girls, Teachers’ Depot, and Mandarin Food Bank, preparing personal hygiene and kindness bags for Hubbard House, and knitting and crocheting blankets and hats for preemies in the local hospital Neonatal centers. These are just a few of our outreach missions. There is a place for you!
UMW is a Connectional Body
Just as our church is connected to the UMC global ministries, MUMW members have many opportunities for additional spiritual growth and fellowship by participating in Northeast Florida District UMW Mission Studies and retreats, as well as Conference and Regional events. This year at least five of our members will attend the District Spiritual Enrichment Experience at Epworth-by-the-Sea at St. Simons Island GA in mid-March. We are very proud of our connectional heritage.
What our pastors have to say about Mandarin United Methodist Women
Pastor Debbie McLeod: “United Methodist Women are committed to learning about issues that affect families and communities in a global context. Our women are on the forefront of learning. They turn their passion into action, making a difference in our local communities and in the world.”
Pastor Jeff St. Clair: “Our United Methodist Women at Mandarin have a heart for the gospel of Jesus Christ and to see God’s love in action. Desiring to see justice, the United Methodist Women of this church strive to see injustices across the world and in our local communities silenced. Their heart for the vulnerable is visible as they reach out in mission to the whole world. May God continue to bless the work of our United Methodist Women at Mandarin United Methodist Church.”
For more information or to find out how to get involved, please contact MUMW President, Sandra Clark at (904) 429-4769 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.