UM Women's Ministries

Children's Ministries


The purpose of United Methodist Women 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 missions through participation in the global ministries of the church.


By Jo Rawls

“Do not wait on the things that you’re passionate about and concern you. Speak up for your beliefs and the world will listen.”
We want the world to know a child is abused or neglected, removed from their home, every minute in our country. Those children who experience this become vulnerable, lost, and may suffer social, emotional and financial support. Our speaker comes from the Children’s Defense Fund to share their vision for all children to have a safe start after their trauma. Come and be with us to advocate for needs of ‘our’ children. May God be with you this day!
Executive Board Meeting
Tuesday, Mar. 3
9:30 a.m.

General Membership Meeting -- CANCELLED
In light of current events, our meeting this month, which was scheduled for T
uesday, Mar. 17, has been cancelled. Stay tuned for more news on this rapidly evolving situation.

Circle Meetings
Chestnut Memorial has had a rich history of women working together in the name of Jesus Christ through United Methodist Women. Chestnut has 5 Circles that meet each month with over 100 members. We would like to invite you to join us. You can visit any of the Circles. Walk-ins welcome.

Circle 1 (Nancy Moore): Second Monday of every month at 1 p.m.
Circle 2 (Marjie Carrol): Second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
Circle 4 (Debbie Richardson): Second Wednesday of every other month at 6:30 p.m.
Circle 6 (Barb Davis): Second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.
Circle 7 (Pat Belote and Lyn Vaughn): Second Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.

Circle Projects
Circle 1: School Kits
Circle 2: Health Kits and Socks
Circle 4: School Kits
Circle 6: Chestnut Food Pantry and Health Kits
Circle 7: School Kits

Monthly General Meeting
UMW general meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month. All ladies of the church are invited to attend. Programs vary monthly. In October through May, we have covered-dish luncheons that start at 11:30 a.m. The September and June meetings are held on the third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and desserts will be furnished.

The UMW are still collecting cancelled postage stamps as one of their mission projects for York River District. Guidelines to be used when preparing stamps/postcards for collection are:
- Leave at least a 1/4" border around the stamp when removing it from the envelope. - Cut or tear off the stamp - DO NOT PEEL it off.
- If there is a row of stamps, leave the entire row and a 1/4" border.
- For postcards, submit the WHOLE postcard.
- Uncanceled stamps (e.g., a stamp collection book) and foreign stamps are acceptable.

The stamps/postcards are reviewed by a local stamp collector who gives us a percentage of any that have value. Proceeds go to UMCOR. Note: the UMW also collect General Mills boxtops for the Boxtops for Education program. See purple pouch attached to the UMW Bulletin Board.

Where does our Missions money go?
Local Missions: ACCESS (Children with HIV/Aids), Transitions, Salvation Army, Peninsula Rescue Mission, Youth Challenge, Wesley Foundation (W&M), United Campus (CNU), Heart Haven, Menchville House, Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center, Lackey Free Clinic.

Peninsula District Missions: UMCOR United (Disaster Relief), Henry Fork Center, Red Bird Missions, AGAPE on the Eastern Shore, Migrant Ministry (Eastern Shore), Wesley Community Service Center, Mattaponi Healing Eagle Clinic.

For more info, contact Jo Rawls or Penny Sparrow.

Chestnut Memorial
United Methodist Church

1024 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601