About United Methodist Women


United Methodist Women is an organization of approximately one million members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice.  Members raise nearly $25 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.  The Women’s Division is the national policy-making body of this group.

The Purpose of United Methodist Women

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.

Mission Areas

The total program of Philadelphia United Methodist Women is focused on mission. This includes individual growth, spiritual enrichment, education for mission, social issues awareness, leadership development,  and financial support for mission programs and projects throughout the U.S. and around the world. True to our Wesleyan heritage, mission cannot be solely charity, but involves empowerment and advocacy for social change. By combining the two, we can be witnesses to the love and life of Jesus Christ.

Among the many missions in the community and throughout the state of SC that  the United Methodist Women of Philadelphia UMC support each year are the following agencies:

Each year Philadelphia United Methodist Church UMW honors a member of the congregation with a special missions recognition award. The award is given to recognize people (women and men) who have worked behind the scenes or in organizational or leadership positions on mission projects that have benefited people in the church and community.

The 2017 recipient of the award was Mr. Scott Twiddy who was recognized for the behind the scenes and leadership work he dedicates his time, talent and heart to for the glory of God. His ministries include working on local Habitat for Humanity projects, assisting with flood recovery work throughout the state of SC and NC, preparing meals and serving as the overnight host for PUMC’s Room in the Inn program, organizing and working on overseas mission trips to Kenya with 410Bridge and serving as the chairperson of the church board of trustees.

For additional information about PUMC’s United Methodist Women contact Cindi Cahaly at umw@pumcfortmill.org.