Welcome Women, One and All!

United Methodist Women in Faith (UMWF) is 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. The UMWF share together in food, faith and fun. Opportunities for gathering include general membership meetings, circle meetings, hands on mission projects, field trips and fundraising events. Membership is open to all women, from teen to adult.

Circle Meetings are usually once per month. Each circle sets its own schedule of additional meetings or special programs for the year, in addition to opportunities for general membership meetings, hands on mission projects, field trips and fundraising events. Membership is open to all women, from teen to adult.

Contact Marsha Ikle, UMWF president

General Meetings
Our entire membership is invited to these meetings, which are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted) in the basement fellowship hall of the church. We usually begin at noon for lunch and include an educational program or activity, devotions and a short business meeting. The UMWF encourages any and all guests to attend our General Meetings!

Circle Meetings
Our unit consists of four smaller circles of women. Each circle sets its own schedule of additional meetings or special programs for the year, in addition to the general meetings.

  • Abigail Circle -Meets 3rd Sunday of each month at approximately 10:30 a.m. (after worship service) at the Whitmore Lake Campus, Mary-Martha room.
  • Dorcas Circle – Meets 1st Tuesday each month at 7 pm in the Brighton Campus, Library
  • Phoebe Circle – Meets periodically. Contact Pat Moore.
  • Sarah Lewis Circle – Meets 1st Wednesday each month at 9:30 am at the Brighton Campus, Fellowship Hall (except January, July and August)
  • Sojourner Truth Circle – Meets 1st Tuesday each month at 1 pm at the Brighton Campus, Room 127

For more membership information, simply attend the meeting of your choice or call the church office at 810-229-8561.

Blessing in a Backpack Brighton Schools
LACASA The Torch
Bountiful Harvest
Liberian Human Trafficking Refuge
The Well
Coats for Cass Community Social Services
Liberian Judith Craig Orphanage
Trunk or Treat bags
Days for Girls
Liberian Student Scholarship
Vacation Bible School
Easter Egg Stuffing
Love INC VINA Clinic
Facemasks Luke Clinic
Whitmore Kiwanis Club
Feed the Firemen
Mill Pond Manor
Whitmore Lake Girl Scouts
Fish and Loaves NOAH Project
Whitmore Lake July 4 Festival
Funeral Lunches
Regency Nursing Home
Whitmore Lake Scholarship Fund
Hats, Scarves, Mitten Tree
Samaritan’s Purse Clean Water Fund
Hickory Haven Nursing Home
Sunday Coffee Hours
United Methodist Women boxing up Christmas Cookies to deliver to shut-ins.
Each year the UMW invites worshipers to bring hats and mittens to decorate this special tree. The items are later taken for distribution by the Salvation Army and other local charities.
The United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Dorcas Circle visits the Brighton Firehall each Thanksgiving and takes them a Thanksgiving dinner.
Women holding icee treats in front of brightly colored food truck
UMW provides the Kona Ice Truck for Vacation Bible School.
Led by the United Methodist Women’s (UMW) Martha-Mary Circle, Brighton First sent a truckload of warm winter coats to Cass Community Social Services.
The Days for Girls group sews menstrual health kits. 60 kits were sent to women and girls in Liberia in 2023.

While United Methodist Women remains our parent corporate name, as of May 2022 the international parent organization will be doing business as United Women in Faith. The purpose and governing structure remain the same.

Assembly 2018

The assembly gathers every 4 years.  It is a time for fellowship and for equipping ourselves to experience God’s call to mission with women, children and youth.  This year we gathered in Columbus Ohio.  Assembly includes community gathering, worship, participatory workshops and an Experience Hall.  This year we celebrated 150 years 0f women organizing for mission and prepared for 150 more.  The keynote speaker this year was Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

The Brighton United Methodist Women are a part of the UMC Michigan Conference, and within that conference the Heritage District. We meet annually at the district and conference level to develop projects and programming, and to grow spiritually.
We also attend Mission u – United Women in Faith events. These are either one-day or three-day meetings focusing on study, worship and fellowship. The curricula is offered for adults, youth and children.

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