The seeds of the present organization of United Methodist Women were planted in March 1869 when eight women organized the first Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society in Boston, Mass. However, pioneer women in Baldwin City, Kansas were already busy building a church. After the church was chartered July 22, 1855, it did not take long for the women to organize as the “ladies Sewing Circle” now known as circles.
The purpose of the 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 person through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong to and to participate in the global missions of the Church through UMW.
Baldwin First UMW Circles:
Today, there are three groups or circles of United Methodist Women that are active and meet regularly from our church.
Dorcas Circle meets at Vintage Park Meeting Room on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 PM.
Eve Circle meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at a member's home.
Sarah Circle meets on the second Wednesday of the month at a member's home at 9:30 AM.