Women’s Groups

United Methodist Women – Did you know?

United Methodist Women has been challenging social injustice for more than 140 years. Members improve the lives of women, children, and youth nationally and internationally.

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women who nurture and encourage one another in their spiritual growth, personal leadership and transformation. We are organized for mission and our members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and building the lives of women, children and youth.

United Methodist Women (UMW) is bigger than just our church – it is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members who raise up to $20 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.

United Methodist Women continues its advocacy work on peace and justice, education, racial justice, immigrant rights, the environment, economic justice, women’s health, the rights of children, human rights, and farm workers’ rights, to name a few. United Methodist Women also support programs and projects aimed at improving the special needs of women because of their refugee statuses, their immigration statuses, situations in which they are abused, their high illiteracy rate in some countries, their economic dependence, their educational disparities, and much more.

At Elk Grove United Methodist Church, UMW is recognized as a ‘5 Star Unit’ and is also working on being a ‘Mission Today’ Unit.

United Methodist Women (UMW) and The United Methodist Church’s principles and values include:

  • Promoting the empowerment of women, children and youth.
  • Promoting anti-racism and multiculturalism.
  • Promoting inclusion and equity.
  • Promoting fair labor practices.
  • Promoting economic and environmental stewardship and sustainability.

UMW/United Methodist Women supports our church’s weekend meal ministry, youth fellowship programs, and childcare thru donations. Our main fund raiser is the rummage sale – mark your calendar for the next one – October 24 and 25. UMW meets the first Wednesday of each month at noon. Please consider joining us.

Saturday Sisters

Saturday Sisters is a relaxed group that meets monthly for fellowship and spiritual growth.  A small circle – satellite part- of United Methodist Women, Saturday Sisters has eclectic interests.  We search out and tour nearby labyrinths.  We sometimes meet while painting pottery or exploring other crafts as expressions of individuality and creativity.

Our interests include the United Methodist Women’s reading program.  We are currently exploring the topic of human trafficking in the Sacramento region.

We brought forward the idea of having a labyrinth at Elk Grove United Methodist Church, and involved members of the church in a design contest.  After discovering a traditional labyrinth won’t work on our church campus, we opted to plan a ‘meandering path’ in a to-be-landscaped area on the grounds – south of the main buildings adjacent to the parking lot.  Our vision of the meandering path is to offer a resting place in a natural outdoor setting amid the traditional boundaries and buildings of the city.

Knitting and Crocheting Group

The Knitting and Crocheting Group (a United Methodist Women’s ministry) knits and crochets hats and scarves for the homeless. Knitting and Crocheting Circle meets every 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Kathy W-Y’s home.

We are currently preparing hats and scarves for the homeless!

Members in this group benefit from:

  • Fulfilling a basic human need by giving the gift of warmth
  • The joy of knowing comfort is provided to a fellow human being
  • A sense of accomplishment—“I made this”
  • Fellowship, sharing, learning and relaxing
  • Exercising their hands and stimulating their minds through imagination and creativity

If you would like to contribute but don’t want to be in the group, donations of yarn and knitted or crocheted clothing are welcome. For more information or to join this fun and fulfilling endeavor, contact Kathy W-Y.