Within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, the third Sunday of September is recognized as UMW Recognition Sunday. The day is to celebrate the United Methodist Women’s ministry in the local congregation and its mission work that extends worldwide. The organized unit of United Methodist Women in a local church 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 the concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church. UMW encourages all women to participate in the total life and work of the Church and supports them in assuming positions of responsibility and leadership.
General Suggestions for Observing UMW Sunday are below: